Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon set to be staged in Sheffield

09 September 2014

One of the country’s leading organisers of charity road races is to bring a major new event to Yorkshire next year.

Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All has entered into a partnership with Sheffield City Council to organise the all-new Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield on Sunday 12th April.

Plans for the new race, expected to attract thousands of runners to the region, were unveiled today at the city’s Peace Gardens.

Run For All is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised £1.85m for charity through a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

The not-for-profit organisation already stages a series of hugely-popular road racing events including The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, the Leeds Half Marathon and 10K events in Leeds, York, Hull and Burnley. Next year it will also organise the Lincoln 10K.

Run For All’s Mike Tomlinson said: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to work in partnership with Sheffield City Council on such a fantastic event.

“Sheffield is rightly known as the City of Sport. It has a fantastic sporting heritage and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to organise the first Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon.

“We are confident that, with the council’s support, we can develop a half marathon of which the whole of Yorkshire can be proud.

“It’s great also that we can confirm today that Plusnet will be the headline sponsor for the event. This award winning company is already the major sponsor of our marathon event and it’s great to see them now supporting good causes through the Half Marathon.”

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: “I'm really pleased that there will be a half marathon in the city next year and we are delighted to welcome the new organisers and this new event to the city.

“It's time for next year's half marathon runners to start planning their training - Sheffield is an ideal city for runners with its green routes and proximity to the Peak District with wonderful routes that are just ideal for first-time runners to discover

"Having a local race to train for is very motivating and I hope today's launch will encourage people to get running.”

Andy Baker, CEO of phone and broadband provider, Plusnet, the half marathon’s title sponsors, said, “It was an easy decision to get involved in this event which will take place in our home city. We have been proud to work with Run For All for a number of years now and know they will deliver a great event in Sheffield.”

Would-be entrants are now invited to register at www.runforall.com to be the first to find out when the event opens for entries in the near future.

The route of the new Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield will start and finish in the city centre and take in some of Sheffield’s landmark sites  

Runners can take part in the new event for fun, for a personal challenge or to raise funds for a charity of their choice.

Each year Run for All events raise huge sums for a wide range of charities. The Leeds 10K alone has raised over £2.5m since its launch in 2007 while The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon raised up to £2m in its very first year.

It is hoped that The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield will also prove to be a major fundraising boost for good causes across the region.

For more information about The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield, go to www.runforall.com

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Notes to editors:

About Run For All:

Run For All is part of Jane Tomlinson’s lasting legacy. Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85m for children’s and cancer charities before her untimely death from cancer aged just 43 in 2007. She made headlines across the world by competing in a series of epic endurance challenges from the London Marathon, ironman and triathlon competitions, to a 4,200 mile cycle ride across the width of the USA – despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Her family are now on course to take that total to £5m in her memory.

For more information contact the Run For All press office on 0113 826 7764 or email press@runforall.com