Change of backdrop as 5,000 line up for race

Sheffield Half Marathon last year � Paul David Drabble
Sheffield Half Marathon last year � Paul David Drabble

More than 5,000 runners will set off from the east end of Sheffield on Sunday for the city’s annual half marathon and 3k fun run.

The demolition of Don Valley Stadium has meant a rethink over where the 13.1 mile race starts and finishes. Runners will line up at 9am in Attercliffe Common, near the Don Valley grass bowl, and the finishing point will be in the bowl where there will be a charity village, fairground rides and stalls.

A slightly different route to previous years will take runners into the city centre at Victoria Quays, through Fitzalan Square to Pond Street and Paternoster Row, along Bramall Lane and London Road and Cemetery Road before heading along Ecclesall Road to the turning point of Hunters Bar.

The event, in its 33rd year, will be started by Mark Labbett, nicknamed ‘The Beast’, from ITV’s The Chase.

The fun run starts in the grass bowl at 9.10am.

The tally for the SIG half marathon has risen to 5,078, and for the fun run to 234, with entries still coming in. Over 6,000 took part last year.

Council cabinet member Isobel Bowler said: “The atmosphere is always fantastic and we hope to see more people than ever before either taking part or cheering on the runners raising money for ten amazing charities.”

Charities to benefit are Myasthenia Gravis Association, St Luke’s Hospice, Breast Cancer Care, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre South Yorkshire, Support Dogs, the Children’s Hospital Charity, SAFE@LAST, Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Sheffield Wildlife Trust.