£100,000 Run Route scheme is taking shape. Next stop: The Move More Challenge

£100,000 Run Route scheme is taking shape. Next stop: The Move More Challenge

15 June 2016

Image: Map of new run route marked out across Graves Park

They’re in! The first trails of The Outdoor City Run Routes scheme are now marked out across Sheffield. So all we need to do now is get our trainers on and enjoy them!

Designed to cater for everyone’s pace (from serious runners to people taking a leisurely stroll and everything in between) these new routes are the perfect excuse to find your pace and discover Sheffield’s green doorstep.  You can find information and downloadable leaflets about a run route near you by visiting  www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/run.

In support of Sheffield’s Move More month of action in July, we are challenging people to seek out all eleven trails marked in seven parks and woodlands across The Outdoor City. To record and track your movement as part of this ground breaking month of activity, make sure you download the free Move More App on your smart phone.

The app tracks activity automatically and totals user’s Move More Minutes, for each minute of activity so there is no need to press start and stop. The trails are 1km to 10km in length so you’ll be clocking up a whopping 27 kilometres of walking or running if you rise to the challenge and complete all The Outdoor City Run Routes in the month of July.

In March, we announced that Sheffield; The Outdoor City had secured over £100,000 of funding from England Athletics for one of the largest run route installations in England. The first phase of this trailblazing project is now complete with eleven new run routes in place. The next phase is underway and will see a further nine run routes marked out in Sheffield by March 2017.

Cllr Leigh Bramall Sheffield City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business and Economy, said: “These newly marked trails are a big boost for Sheffield’s reputation as The Outdoor City. We’ve worked with runners and local communities to design the routes in a way that makes them easy for people to use at their own pace.

“They are for the enjoyment of children wanting to explore a new route through their local park as much as they are for running clubs, dog walkers or those just starting to get active outdoors for the first time. Because they belong to everyone and can be found throughout the city they truly are a fantastic edition to Sheffield’s outdoor offer. We hope people will rise to the Move More Run Routes challenge and seek them out.  Start at the one closest to your home, school or job and work your way up from there!”

Emma Davenport, England Athletics’ North Area Manager, said “We are delighted that these routes are in place around Sheffield. It is a great way for people to see the city and give their fitness a boost. Whether you want to take it easy, take in the scenery or whizz along, you can approach the routes in a way that works for you. We hope as many people as possible will take this opportunity to make the run routes in The Outdoor City their own.”

The Outdoor City Run Routes all start from Sheffield’s parks or woodlands and vary in distance, gradient and difficulty.  Tested by runners in the local communities, the routes are clearly signposted, and simple to follow. You can find information and downloadable leaflets about a run route near you by visiting www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/run.