Sheffield school pupils on their marks for Fun Run launch

3rd January 2014

Pupils from a Sheffield school helped to get the SIG Insulation Sheffield Fun Run off to a sprint start at a special launch event.

Youngsters from Handsworth Grange Community Sports College helped to launch the popular annual race, which takes place alongside one of the city's biggest participation events - the SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon. Organisers are urging schools from across the region to get involved in the 3k Fun Run that, for the first time in the event's history, will start and finish at the Don Valley Bowl, on Sunday 6 April 2014. The school are preparing for the run that promotes physical fitness, team spirit and a fun way to get involved in one of Sheffield's biggest sporting events. Margaret Lilley, chair of the Half Marathon organising committee, said: -We are extremely pleased to have Handsworth Grange Community Sports College supporting the Fun Run. It's a fantastic way for children to get into running, especially if it's their first time! We are now challenging other school in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire to enter a team. The atmosphere on the day is amazing and it is a great way for the whole family to get involved in the event. -We want to make 2014's SIG Insulation Fun Run the best yet, and with the support from schools like Handsworth we can make this happen. Rhea Hallewell, who is taking part in the race, said: -I can't wait to run the race this year. I'm doing it with my friends from school and it's really fun to do. I hope one day I can run the half marathon in Sheffield! There are 1,000 places available for the SIG Insulation Sheffield Fun Run, which is open to everyone. There are also 8,000 places available in the SIG Insulation Sheffield Half Marathon which takes place on the same day (6 April). Entry fees for both races have been frozen at £26 for the half marathon (club/attached runners £24) and £5 for the fun run. For more information and to secure a place to run on behalf of the chosen charities, call 0845 388 3438, or visit www.sheffieldmarathon.com to enter online.

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