Video: Sheffield runners tackle hill challenge of new half marathon

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Sheffield is famous for its hills - and runners tackled a tough incline in today’s new-look half marathon.

The 7,000 runners headed up Ecclesall Road and towards Ringinlow after leaving the city centre at 9.30am this morning.

A final warm up before the race

A final warm up before the race

Some had been a little cautious about the challenge ahead before setting off.

Andrew King, of Barnsley, said: “I’m a little bit nervous because this is the first time it’s taken in these hills but I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“I’m looking forward to Ecclesall Road because that’s where the crowds really cheer you on, it’s fantastic.”

Among the runners today were families, friends and colleagues, many donning fancy dress including superhero costumes, ears and even a shoe outfit.

Champion boxer Kell Brook was one of the 350 people taking part for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and wished runners ‘all the luck in the world’.

Today is the first time he has taken part in the city’s half marathon - now the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Sheffield.

Also on runners’ orders was former World Cup referee Howard Webb and Richard Caborn, former sports minister and Sheffield MP.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield posed with legendary fundraiser John Burkhill for pictures, and John brought up the rear of the race with his famous green pram.

He high fived cheering spectators as he set off from Arundel Gate.

After reaching the hills, the race route 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.

Last year’s race was cancelled at the last minute because a water delivery failed to arrive, and the organisers later stood down.

ROAD CLOSURES TODAY

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.