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New route confirmed for half marathon after stadium closure

Organisers of Sheffield’s annual half marathon have revealed the race’s new route.

This year, the event will start and finish at Don Valley Bowl, after its traditional home of Don Valley Stadium was demolished.

Margaret Lilley, race chairman, said: “We are delighted to announce the new route and hope runners are as excited as we are about taking part in the new-look half marathon.

“The main changes are linked to the start and finish, so fundamentally, it retains the same route it has always covered.

“It has been a challenge, but this has now been fixed and a course accuracy certificate obtained.

“It’s the first time in the event’s history that it’s taking place at the Don Valley Bowl so I look forward to seeing more runners than ever signing up and taking up the marathon challenge.”

The race and 3km fun run, which attracts runners of all ages and abilities, will take place on Sunday, April 6, from 9am.

The outward route will take runners through Victoria Quays, Bramall Lane and Ecclesall Road.

The second half of the route then passes through Division Street, Arundel Gate and Brightside Lane before making a return back to Don Valley.

Transport firm Stagecoach has also teamed up with organisers to provide the event’s ‘sweep’ bus.

The double-decker bus will follow runners around the 13.1 mile route, collecting those who don’t feel able to finish and carrying them back to the starting point.

Charities set to benefit this year include St Luke’s Hospice and Breast Cancer Care.

Visit www.sheffieldmarathon.com for more information or to sign up.

 

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