Tuesday 5 April 2016

Excitement is building with less than one week to go until the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon and its many thousands of runners race through Sheffield City Centre and out in to the peaks this Sunday, 10 April.

Following the success of the race launch in 2015 organisers Run For All are on their marks and all set to go for another amazing race, with over 7,000 people signed up to run the 13.1miles through Sheffield City Centre, up the hills in to the beautiful Sheffield countryside and back down for a race to the finish, in what is now known as one of the most challenging half marathon routes in the region.

Thousands of spectators are expected to come out on Sunday, lining the streets along the route to cheer on those taking part, including representatives from charities and local bands to keep the runners upbeat and motivated. Many city centre businesses will open their doors, providing hospitality and contributing to the electric atmosphere of the day.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Talib Hussain said: “This event showcases Sheffield at its best – a vibrant city centre with some of the nation’s finest countryside on our doorstep – strengthens our reputation as a city of sport and reinforces our status as The Outdoor City.

“It’s wonderful to see the many runners, spectators and hospitality businesses who open their doors, here on a Sunday, getting involved and soaking up the buzz around the city centre. We know this will be another fantastic year for the half marathon and wish all those taking part the best of luck.”

The main event starts with the first wave of runners setting off from Arundel gate at 9:30am, with all waves departing by 10am. The overall winner is expected to cross the finish line on Pinstone Street at around 10:45am. All runners will be given a medal, goody bag and t-shirt.

The event incorporates a triple challenge giving entrants the chance to be crowned “King or Queen of the Hill” in a timed hill climb, triumph in a largely downhill 10km sprint section and cross the finish line first to lift the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield title.

In addition to the main event is the return of the Arena Group mini and junior runs, both with a Pinstone Street start and finish line. The mini course covers a distance of 1.5km and is for children aged 3-8, while the 2.5km junior run is for children aged 9-14. All junior and mini runners will receive a medal and goody bag.

Several road closures will be in place throughout the day, full details are available at http://www.theyorkshiremarathon.com/media/61152/2016-yhms-road-closure-poster.pdf.

The Sheffield event, organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All in partnership with Sheffield City Council, forms part of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Series that also features the Leeds Half Marathon and the Yorkshire Marathon.

For more details go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com.