Final day of fun at doomed Don Valley Stadium

A pole vaulter at last year's games.
A pole vaulter at last year's games.

A fun-filled day of sports will take place at the Don Valley Stadium for the final time this weekend.

The Sheffield Festival of Athletics has been held at the stadium for almost 20 years, but Sheffield Council’s decision to close the stadium later this year means the long term future of the charity is now in doubt.

The festival, which features the Lord Mayor’s 10k and fun run as part of a full programme of events, offers members of the public the chance to take part in the iconic athletics arena.

Race director Ian Wade, of running club Handsworth Roadhogs and co-festival organiser, said: “It’s obviously really sad that the stadium is closing, not just for the event but for Sheffield.

“We’re hoping this year we get more competitors than ever entering, taking possibly this last opportunity to run at this fantastic venue.

“We’re hoping everyone comes down and joins in with the fantastic atmosphere on the day. It’s still not too late to get involved as you can enter on the day for the Fun Run and 10K and show what a great sporting city Sheffield is.”

The festival starts at 9.30am on Sunday with a 3k fun run open to all ages, followed by the 10k race an hour later. Entry to Don Valley is free, while entry to the 10k race costs £10 for UKA affiliated members, or £12 for non-UKA members. On the day entries cost an extra £2.

Track and field events cost £5 to enter, then £1.50 for each extra event.