Plusnet Yorkshire Half offers runners the chance to give back

Charities were handed a massive boost at the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield as thousands of runners took to the city in glorious sunshine for the second edition of the race on Sunday 10 April.

The course might have been a testing one but the entrants did themselves proud as they tackled the hills to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for local good causes. A total hasn’t been announced yet but an impressive sum of £175,000 was generated for charity in last year’s inaugural edition.

The field of thousands set off from Arundel Gate and followed a scenic route that took them out of the city and into the hills above Sheffield where runners enjoyed super views of the Peak District. Then it was downhill to the city centre finish where large crowds were waiting to cheer the runners home.

First across the finish line was John Franklin in a time of 70:24 while Zanthe Wray was the first woman home in 83:12.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Talib Hussain said: “It was really inspiring to see so many runners taking to the streets of Sheffield, with thousands of people raising money for some excellent causes.

“Congratulations to everyone who took part and enormous thanks must also go to the many volunteers who gave up their time to help make the event such a success. We hope everyone has had a fantastic day and that you’ll join us again next year.”

The event was staged in partnership with Sheffield City Council by Run For All, part of the legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised nearly two million pounds for charity despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Run For All Event Director Charlie Tatman said: “A huge well done to everyone who took part today – we hope it was a day to remember. Thank you to everyone who has helped make today such a success, especially the volunteers who are the lifeblood of our events. See you next year!”

On a day when the spectators generated a superb atmosphere, some of the biggest cheers were reserved for the hundreds of youngsters who took part in the event’s free Arena Group mini and junior runs.

Adrian Fitzpatrick, Arena Group managing director, said: “It was excellent to see so many children taking part in the mini and junior runs which we were delighted to sponsor. They all did themselves proud.”

Entries for the 2017 event are already open here.

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