Run is still Great - but not in city
The Great Yorkshire Run will happen outside Sheffield for the first time after council leaders decided to take bids from organisers for a new city centre 10k.
The race, which has taken place in Sheffield each September since 2007, will now be run in Harrogate on Sunday, July 24.
Earlier this month it was revealed that, following the success of the new-look Sheffield Half Marathon, which was relaunched last April with a fresh route and a new organiser - Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All - the city council is inviting bids to lead a ‘re-shaped’ city centre 10k.
A report said the council was looking for a ‘more modern business model’, offering the authority a share of income from the race.
It is understood efforts were made to renegotiate the arrangement with organiser Nova International, which owns the Great Run brand, before it was decided to offer the contract more widely.
Launching the 2016 Great Yorkshire Run, Nova said it had partnered with Harrogate Harriers and Athletic Club for ‘a new 10k through the beautiful spa town’.
The race will have an ‘intimate and exclusive feel’, the firm said - suggesting the field will be smaller than at the Sheffield event, which pulled in 5,000 runners each year.
Council chiefs hope a different 10k could still happen in Sheffield this year.
The report said the revamped run should have a ‘preferred but not essential start, finish or both’ in the city centre.
Delivery of the race is ‘essential before the end of December 2017’, but an event by the end of next March would be preferred.
The report said the new half marathon, with a route out into the hills in the south west of the city, was ‘delivered successfully and generated economic and social benefits’.
It added: “It is envisaged the organiser will ensure the race will have a new look and feel and will encourage entries from runners at all levels of ability. The council is also keen for the event to grow in size year on year by attracting new runners.”
Additional activities would form a ‘portfolio of events’ encouraging people to get involved, as well as attracting visitors from outside the city.
The closing date for bids is April 15. It is expected the new organiser will be announced shortly afterwards.