New start and finish point for Sheffield half marathon - but it’s staying in the Don Valley

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The Sheffield Half Marathon is staying in the Don Valley even though the stadium faces demolition.

Next year’s race will start and finish in the Don Valley Bowl, the grassed area next door to Don Valley Stadium, which has been the event’s home for 21 years.

Margaret Lilley, who chairs the organising committee, said: “We are incredibly excited about the 2014 event, which promises to be another spectacular day. As the Don Valley is synonymous with the event we wanted to stay in the area and the fact that we have found a new home so close to our old base is definite plus. We will retain the friendly ‘being at home feeling’ all the runners have come to love.”

The race - the 32nd in Sheffield - will be on Sunday April 6 when the main sponsor will again be SIG Insulation. Entry fees have been frozen at £26 for the half marathon and £5 for the fun run.

The last major events have been held at Don Valley - the Sainsbury’s School Games and the Sheffield Eagles-Dewsbury rugby league game.

The stadium is due to close at the end of the month, but campaigners continue to press the council to give them six months to prepare a feasibility plan in the hope of finding ways of keeping it open.

Athletics coach Rob Creasey said the stadium could be “a spiritual home for all sports” and pointed to the appeal of the School Games and UK Transplant Games, which were both held this year. “We need more of these but we need to think beyond just athletics. Sheffield has a massive asset here. It’s something we should treasure.”

The council aims to save £700,000 a year and a repair bill of £1.6m.

*School Games round-up, sport.