Thousands of runners turned out to celebrate the return of the iconic Run for All Sheffield Half Marathon after a two year break, including five Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity fundraisers.
Amongst the runners from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust were Vanessa Caudwell, Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Practitioner, Simon Thurman, Deputy General Manager for Surgery, physiotherapist Peter Leggett, and Senior Biomedical Scientist Holly Neill. They were joined by member of the public Andrew Plant, 41, from Maltby.
The 13.1 mile route on Sunday 26 September began at Arundel Gate before taking runners down Ecclesall Road towards Ecclesall Woods, along Ringinglow Road to Endcliffe Park and back up Ecclesall Road to the finish line in the city centre.
Vanessa said: “I was pleasantly surprised how well the run went, considering I only signed up two days before. The official pacers were fantastic at boosting moral, especially during the last mile into Sheffield. My husband and kids cheered me on up the hill towards Ringinglow. It was a beautiful sunny day so I could really appreciate the scenery on the edge of the Peak District.”
Simon said he was nervous in the run up to the event as he hadn’t trained as much as he would have liked. “I was expecting to hobble around in about three hours but surprised myself by getting over the finish line in two hours, 28 minutes,” he said.
“I’m really chuffed with that time. It was a hot day, so I think we all did really well. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and the other charity runners, whether it’s with moral support or a donation.”
Peter, who works at Breathing Space, completed the race in an impressive two hours, one minute. He said: “I had a really good run and it was lots of fun. I’m definitely keen to do it again next year. We need another team!”
Holly added: “It was a great challenge but definitely tough, especially the first six miles uphill. The views at the top were fantastic and the crowds and other runners made it a really enjoyable experience.”
They team has raised £701 so far. The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity raises funds to provide resources, equipment and projects which the NHS would ordinarily not be able to afford and which benefit our patients and their families.
Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager, said: “It was wonderful to see our charity dream team amongst the crowd of runners at the Sheffield Half Marathon, especially after a two year break. Without the support of large-scale events like this, fundraising during the pandemic has been tough.
“All the funds raised by the team will make a massive difference to the charity and I hope they have inspired others to grab their running shoes and tackle the steel city’s infamous hills again next year.” There’s still time to sponsor the team via Just Giving: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/TRFTCharity-SheffieldHalfMarathon