Runners' marathon effort for charity

Thousands of runners were cheered as they took part in the Sheffield Half Marathon.

More than 7,000 people signed up to this year’s race, and many were running to raise money for good causes.

The course took them through the city and out towards the Peak District, before returning back the way they came for the big finish.

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The runners were joined by some familiar faces including former World Cup referee Howard Webb and boxer Kell Brook.

First across the finish line was John Franklin in a time of 70mins 24secs.

Dave Archer took second place in 70mins 50secs with Robert Ton third in 71mins 16secs.

Zanthe Wray was the first woman home in 83mins 12secs, followed by Jenny Evans who clocked 85mins 42secs for second spot and Kate Hastings took third in 86mins 49secs.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun 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.”

Andy Baker, CEO of home phone, TV and broadband provider Plusnet, the half marathon’s title sponsors, said “The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon was a huge success and raised a fantastic amount for some very worthy causes. Sheffield showed true community spirit.”

The event was staged in partnership with Sheffield City Council by Run For All, part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE.

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.”