Thousands of extra feet will pound the streets for charity cash
after Sheffield Half Marathon organisers announced that the entry
limit has been lifted, with 7,000 runners now expected to take part
The 13.1 mile race has increased in popularity over the years,
filling to its previous 5,500 capacity almost three months ahead of
race day numerous times.
Now, thanks to the support of Sheffield City Council, the race
committee has lifted the entry limit by making slight changes to
parts of the route. It will now see runners go round St Mary's Gate
roundabout, having previously been directed through the underpass.
On the way back, runners will also avoid the underpass on the Moore
Street roundabout and the car park on Arundel Gate.
The change will further highlight the race as a premier event in
the UK's running calendar and organisers eventually hope to see
entries increase to 10,000 in coming years, raising more money for
the benefitting local causes.
The Half Marathon organising committee has worked closely with
Sheffield City Council on the changes. Additional road closures and
diversions will be put in place and more details about these will
be available in the run up to the event, which is taking place the
weekend before the Spring Bank Holiday.
Consultations with major businesses and organisations located on
the course route have taken place with the race's organising
committee and Sheffield City Council.
Margaret Lilley, chair of the Sheffield Half Marathon organising
"The nature of the current route meant we had to cap entries at
5,500 but we have seen, particularly in the last few years, that
entries have surged and the race has always filled to capacity way
in advance as interest grows.
"This is therefore great news for the race and the city of
Sheffield as a whole. Not only will it increase the number of
participants coming into the city, but it will also be of major
benefit to our nominated charities by the higher amount of
Councillor Helen Mirfin-Boukouris, Sheffield City Council's
Cabinet Member for Business, Jobs and Growth, said:
"Sport in Sheffield isn't just about the elite Olympic and
Paralympic teams we have training here, it's for everyone in the
city and I would call on as many people as possible to get their
running shoes on and get involved!
"We work hard to increase participation in sport and activity,
and I'm delighted that more people than ever will be able to join
the race this year."
Famous faces taking part in this year's race include legendary
snooker players and former world champions Steve Davis, Peter Ebdon
and Shaun Murphy, who are raising money for the Paul Hunter
Foundation - a charity set up in memory of Paul Hunter, who died of
leukaemia in 2006.
The SIG Insulations Sheffield Half Marathon and 3k Fun Run will
take place on Sunday 27 May 2012 at Don Valley Stadium at the new
start time of 9:00am.