Thousands of runners have signed up for the new Sheffield half marathon – despite its challenging route.
Organisers of the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon, which will follow a scenic route with views of the Peak District, say the response has been ‘phenomenal’ so far, with entries ‘flooding in’ for the run in April.
The race, now in the hands of Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All group, is planned to match the 5,500-strong field catered for by the former half marathon.
With more than three months to go, many of these places have already been taken.
The 2014 race descended into chaos when it was officially cancelled with runners on the start line after water supplies failed to turn up.
The organisers then pulled out of future events, leading to the new race.
Lynne Preston, one of the organisers of this year’s event, said: “Entries have been flooding in. The response since we launched the event has been phenomenal and it looks like being a big field in year one.
“If people are thinking about entering, we’d urge them to do so as quickly as they can.”
Instead of running through Sheffield’s industrial east end – taking advantage of the now-demolished Don Valley Stadium – this year half marathon runners will head for the hills on the other side of the city.
Leaving the city centre, runners will go along Ecclesall Road before continuing past Hunters Bar.
They will then take a right turn up Knowle Lane and into the country on Ringinglow Road.
It will then return to the city centre.
To enter the race, on Sunday, April 12, visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.co
Entry costs from £28 for affiliated runners.