Former England Cricket captain Michael Vaughan officially launched the first Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield. The new race, organised by Run For All in partnership with Sheffield City Council, will attract thousands of runners and spectators to the city on Sunday 12th April 2015 and help to raise money for various good causes and charities.
We first announced the event back in September, but we’re now delighted to announce further details of the race and the route the course will take around the city.
The race and route
The race itself contains a triple challenge, where entrants can be crowned ‘King of the Hill’ in a timed hill climb, a 10K sprint section and cross the finishing line ahead of the field to lift the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield title.
Andy Baker, CEO of phone and broadband provider Plusnet, the half marathon’s title sponsors, said: “This is our home city so we are obviously delighted to be involved with a new event that we are sure will become a key part of the city’s sporting calendar. Plusnet is always keen to get involved in major community events like this, that will raise thousands of pounds for good causes, we couldn't be prouder to be headline sponsors.”
The race starts in the city centre before heading out down Ecclesall Road before heading up towards Ringinglow. Heading out along country lanes, passing the famous Norfolk Arms, the route offers superb views of Sheffield and the Peak District. Heading back downhill the runners come back down Ecclesall Road before heading to the grand finish at the Town Hall.
Sara Birkinshaw, of Run For All, said: “We are really looking forward to bringing this new event to Sheffield next spring in partnership with the City Council. With its triple challenge, scenic route and city centre start and finish, we are sure we can create a colourful event with a great atmosphere and one of which Sheffield can be proud.”
For more information and to enter either the half marathon or the Arena Group Mini and Junior Runs, go to www.runforall.com.