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Runners turn out in force

A fun run in aid of the Lord Mayor’s charities has been hailed a huge success after attracting twice as many people as last year.

The three-kilometre Sheffield fun run took place on April 22, the same day as the London Marathon, and attracted a total of 90 competitors this year.

The event took place ahead of the Lord Mayor’s 10k at the Don Valley Stadium, in which 390 runners took part.

The rain did not deter the people of Sheffield from taking part in the event, and many spectators watched and cheered the runners on from the covered stands of the stadium.

Race director Ian Wade, of running club and co-organisers the Handsworth Roadhogs, said: “There were 390 runners taking part – not quite as big as London I know, but everyone still wanted to get over that line.

“And 90 people took part in the fun run which is twice as many as took part last year.

“Weather-wise it was mixed but we managed to keep mainly dry and there was a great atmosphere. All in all we’re extremely pleased by how things went.”

Scarborough athlete James Kraft took first place in the men’s race on the day. There was also an athletics event including track and field competitions for seniors and juniors, able-bodied and disabled athletes.

The day which was also organised by The Hallamshire Harriers and the City of Sheffield Athletic Club, raised money for the Lord Mayor’s charities: the Royal Society for the Blind and the British Heart Foundation.


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