TRAVEL: Road closures for new-look Sheffield half marathon today

Yorkshire Half Marathon Road Closures poster

Yorkshire Half Marathon Road Closures poster

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Thousands of runners are heading for the hills of south west Sheffield as the city’s new-look half marathon takes place for the first time.

A large field of athletes is expected for the inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Sheffield, with big crowds set to cheer on those tackling the scenic 13-mile route on Sunday. New organisers - Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All organisation - will be keen to ensure this year’s event runs as smoothly as possible, after the 2014 race was cancelled at the last minute because a water delivery failed to arrive.

The old half marathon committee later stepped down, meaning Sheffield Council had to find a new partner to run the event.

The race starts on Arundel Gate, finishing outside the Town Hall. In between the route takes in the hills above Sheffield, offering views of the Peak District before returning to the city centre.

Entrants have the chance to be crowned King of the Hill in a timed climb, and triumph in a downhill 10k sprint section. Youngsters can take part in shorter 1.5k and 2.5k races.

Road closures will start to from 4am. The route takes in Ecclesall Road, Knowle Lane, Ringinglow Road, Sheephill Road, Limb Lane and Ecclesall Road South.

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

The race office opens in the Peace Gardens at 7.30am, and participants will make their way to timed assembly zones at 8.50am.

A mass warm-up begins at 9.15am, with the race starting at 9.30am. The winner is expected to cross the finish line at around 10.35am.

Mini and junior races start at 9.45am.

Runners from as far away as India, Belgium, Ireland, Norway and Sweden, as well as from across the UK, will be among the field. There will be nine 17-year-olds - the youngest age at which runners can enter - taking part, and more 30-year-olds are competing than any other age group.

Famous faces who have signed up include boxer Kell Brook, former World Cup referee Howard Webb and BBC Look North host Harry Gration. Visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.com for more information.

ROAD CLOSURES

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.