Organisers of Sheffield Half Marathon and 10K give update following announcement of roadmap to ending lockdown

The end of March is normally a time for one of Sheffield’s biggest mass runs, when thousands of participants line up in a bid to set personal bests and raise money for scores of charities.
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But the Sheffield Half Marathon hasn’t taken place since 2019 because of the Covid-19 pandemic – and its original 2021 date of March 28 was moved in January to September 26, the same day as the city’s 10K, in a bid to avoid another cancellation.

The Government’s roadmap to easing lockdown restrictions, announced last week, has given hope that the postponement may have paid off as it includes a series of dates that point towards the return of major events such as large-scale runs.

Most social contact rules could be eased outdoors from May 17, according to the official plan, while ‘all legal limits on social contact’ could be removed from June 21.

Half marathon runners on Arundel Gate in Sheffield. Picture: Chris Etchells.Half marathon runners on Arundel Gate in Sheffield. Picture: Chris Etchells.
Half marathon runners on Arundel Gate in Sheffield. Picture: Chris Etchells.

And now an update has been given by the organisers of the Sheffield race.

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Responding to a comment from a runner on Facebook, Jane Tomlinson’s Run for All – responsible for the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon as well as the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K – said there was ‘still a lot to be finalised’ following the roadmap’s publication.

“But we can assure you we are busy working away in the background and we can’t wait to see you all on the start line,” they said. “It’s been too long!”

Run for All also said: “Prior to any RFA events taking place this year we will provide details to all entrants via email and on our website to explain what to expect on race day in line with UK Athletics rules and the UK government guidelines. We know entrants will have questions about race day so we will ensure these are shared in due course.”

The half marathon has a city centre start and finish, along with a scenic route with views of the Peak District on the climb to Ringinglow.

All entries have automatically been transferred to September. Run for All has said that people who have entered both the half marathon and the 10K will be contacted in July to confirm which event they wish to run in 2021, and which they would like to be deferred to 2022.

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