The first ever Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield drew in an impressive field of just over 6000 runners on Sunday (12 April). The much-anticipated event, part of the Jane Tomlinson Run For All Series saw Hallamshire Harriers’ Dave Archer secure first place with Sharon Barlow leading the female field home.
Showcasing the very best of Sheffield, the scenic route took the runners out of the city centre and along Ecclesall Road before turning right and climbing up Knowle Lane and Ringinglow Road to reach a section of the course offering superb views of the Peak District.
A few familiar faces took part in the event, including Sheffield’s own superstar boxer Kell Brook, who ran for the Children’s Hospital Charity, former World Cup and Premier League referee Howard Webb, also running his first half marathon, and TV favourite Harry Gration plus co-presenter Nicola Rees.
Archer’s first official competitive outing of the year resulted in a clear victory, coming home in 1:13:20, more than two minutes ahead of Gavin Keight (1:15:20) and Jonathan Walton (1:17:09). In the women’s competition, Ripon’s Sharon Barlow continued her fine 2015 season form with a winning time of 1:22:57; Tori Green (1:23:42) and Zanthe Wray (1:24:13) took second and third respectively.
The race also featured a triple challenge giving entrants a chance to be crowned ‘King of the Hill’ in a timed hill climb, triumph in a largely downhill 10K challenge section and cross the finish line first to lift the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield title.
Event lead Lynne Preston said: “We’ve had some great feedback already from runners who told us they loved this scenic, yet challenging course. A huge thank you to all of those who took part, but also every single one of the volunteers without whom the event just couldn’t happen.”
Lynne added: “A special thank you, too, to the thousands of Sheffield residents who came out to cheer on the runners right around the course. They created a great atmosphere for everyone taking part, from the start right to the very finish.”
Entries for next year's event are already open, more information on which is available here.