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SH­EFFIELD HALF MARATHON EYAM HALF MARATHON HUD­DER­S­FIELD HALF MARATHON

An up-and-down ex­pe­ri­ence. Start­ing in the city cen­tre run­ners have a long climb out of the town into the coun­try be­fore a long down­hill from half­way. As well as prizes for the first three run­ners there are crowns for the ‘King/ Queen of the Hill’ and the win­ner of a 10K ‘sprint’ sec­tion. Eyam is a beau­ti­ful Peak Dis­trict vil­lage ‘that was rav­aged by bubonic plague in 1665 af­ter its res­i­dents quar­an­tined them­selves to limit the spread of the dis­ease. This race of­fers a gor­geous but roller­coaster route, with the most no­table climb be­ing the 429m Sir Wil­liam Hill. Another race that claims to be the tough­est of its kind (in this case, UK road-based 13.1s). You’ll need to grind out the open­ing miles as you climb 350m out of town to­wards Pole Moor, the high­est point on the course. The second half also features some sharp in­clines, so save some of your strength. South Yorkshire, April 8 2018, run­forall.com Der­byshire, May 2018 (date tbc), eyamhalf­marathon.org.uk West Yorkshire, June 2018 (date tbc), whiterose­marathons.co.uk

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