Thursday 9 April 2015

Thousands of runners of all ages are preparing to take to the streets of Sheffield on Sunday 12 April, for the first-ever Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield and the Arena Sheffield Mini and Junior Runs.

The events, being organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, in partnership with Sheffield City Council, will see thousands of runners take to the streets of the city in a bid to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

The fun gets underway with the half marathon at 9.30am, followed by the children’s runs from 9.45am.

Organisers are now informing runners, spectators, residents and visitors that a number of the city’s roads will be closed or have access restricted during the event to ensure the safety of all those taking part.

The Half Marathon starts in Arundel Gate and finishes in Pinstone Street near the Town Hall. The route takes in Ecclesall Road, Knowle Lane, Ringinglow Road, Sheephill Road, Limb Lane and Ecclesall Road South.

Among the road closures are Arundel Gate 4am-2pm; Pinstone Street between Surrey Street and Cross Burgess Street 4am-2pm; Norfolk Street 4am-4pm; Surrey Street 4am-4pm; Charles Street between Arundel Gate and Pinstone Street 4am-4pm; Union Street 4am-4pm; Furnival Gate northbound 8.30am-11am; Furnival Gate South southbound 4am-4pm; Charter Square 8.30am-1.30pm; Charter Row eastbound 8.30am-1.30pm and Charter Row westbound 8.30am-11am.

Away from the city centre the closures include Ecclesall Road between A61 Ring Road and Brocco Bank 8am-1pm and between Brocco Bank and between Brocco Bank and Ecclesall Road South 8.45am-1pm; Ecclesall Road South 8.45am-12.30pm; Knowle Lane 9am-11.15am; Ringinglow Road between Knowle Lane and Fulwood Lane 9am-11.30am; Sheephill Road 9.15am-11.30am; Hathersage Road between Stony Ridge Road and Limb Lane 9.15am-11.30am; Limb Lane 9.15am-11.45am.

The A621 and A57 will remain open throughout the event as an alternative to the A625 Ecclesall Road/Ecclesall Road South.

Lynne Preston, Run For All event lead, said: “We are really looking forward our first Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield and are working hard to put on a run that everyone will enjoy. 

“Of course, as with any event of this magnitude some road closures will necessary to ensure the safety of the participants and spectators. Unfortunately a certain amount of disruption is inevitable and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. All closures will be lifted as soon as possible.”

Runners in the Half Marathon can choose to run for fun or to raise funds for any cause of their choice. They are particularly encouraged to support one of the event’s official partner charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Myasthenia Gravis Association, CLIC Sargent, The Sheffield Hospitals Charity, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Breast Cancer Care, The Children’s Hospital Charity, Roundabout, St Luke’s Hospice and Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The official partner charity of the Arena Group Mini and Junior run is Safe@Last, which works with young people at risk through running away.

For full details of the road closures and other traffic restrictions visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.com