New Sheffield 10k run gets starter’s orders

The Yorkshire Half Marathon held in Sheffield'A mass of runners fill Arundel gate in the city centre
The Yorkshire Half Marathon held in Sheffield'A mass of runners fill Arundel gate in the city centre

The new city centre 10k - the successor to the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield - is taking shape.

The Asda Foundation Sheffield 10k will be organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, which was picked to oversee the new race following its success leading the revamped half marathon.

Entries for the race, on Sunday, October 30, are now being accepted, and details of the route are set to be announced soon.

The Great Yorkshire Run took place each September from 2007 on streets around the city centre, attracting 5,000 runners each year.

But, after the contract expired with the run’s organiser Nova International, which owns the Great Run brand, the council decided to take bids from organisers for a ‘reshaped’ 10k, starting and finishing in the city centre.

The council was seeking a share of income from the race - money it could use to support sports and leisure services.

Nova has since taken the Great Yorkshire Run to Harrogate, where a race is happening next month.

The Asda Foundation 10k series also includes runs in Leeds, York, Lincoln, Burnley, Nottingham, Bury and Hull.

Coun Mary Lea, the council’s cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure, said: “We went out to seek a new provider for the long-standing event, which has traditionally followed a route from the city centre to Hillsborough, because we wanted to take the race to a new level.

“With Run For All on board, we can make great links between the 10k and half marathon. The new-look race will have an all-new route, as well as a free family fun run, additional activities and training sessions.”

Charlie Tatman, Run For All Event Manager, said: “Since its launch last year, the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield has been warmly embraced by the city and we are confident the new 10k will prove just as popular with runners and spectators alike.”

n The first trails of a new £100,000 running routes scheme have now been marked out across Sheffield. The money from England Athletics was secured by the Outdoor City partnership, which hopes to create over 20 routes in the city by March 2017. The first 11 runs, ranging from 1km to 10km, cover seven locations including Bradfield Dam, Graves Park, Millhouses Park and Ecclesall Woods.