Released on behalf of PVS Events
29 January 2018
A 24-hour run event is being held in Graves Park, Sheffield, this September.
Scimitar Thunder Run: Steel City 24 will take place over the weekend of 1 and 2 September 2018.
Hundreds of runners of all abilities will be coming to test their mettle and see how many 5km laps they can achieve in a day and a night.
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “As The Outdoor City, Sheffield is becoming increasingly well known for its mix of city culture and the great outdoors. Thunder Run: Steel City 24 is a great example of how the two can come together and we’re delighted that Sheffield is the first to host a 24-hour Thunder Run in a city park.
“Graves Park is one of the 30 Outdoor City Run Routes that have been launched in the city’s parks and open spaces, and is home to one of the city’s most popular Park Runs, making it an ideal location for this event.
“With our Move More physical activity plan, we’re also aiming to be the most active city in the UK by 2020. We’re sure Thunder Run: Steel City 24 will be an exciting new challenge for the city’s seasoned runners – and even inspire others to get their trainers on and give running a go, too.”
With categories for teams of up to eight runners (running relay-style) through to the super tough soloists, there’s a challenge suitable for pretty much every runner. The course for Steel City 24 is traffic free and all off-road and its non-technical nature makes it both fast and more inclusive.
The 5km lap is contested over varied terrain including tarmac tracks and gravel paths, with the addition of some grassy stretches and woodland trails that can be found throughout the park.
The engaging, undulating nature of the course and stunning, wide-reaching views will help keep the runners going out lap after lap to see how it changes as the sun goes down and then comes back up again.
For the less experienced runners, the 5km lap length is ideal, allowing teams to break their challenge down into bite-sized chunks. Whereas the hardened 24hr trail runners and endurance racers get to use the fast nature of the course to see just what distance it is possible to cover in the allotted time.
Every finisher is rewarded for their efforts with a quality finisher’s medal and technical running shirt designed and produced by the award-winning Scimitar Sports.
Adam Church-Millward of title sponsors Scimitar Sports said: “We’re delighted to be headline sponsor for the inaugural Scimitar Thunder Run: Steel City 24 event in Sheffield. As part of our ongoing partnership, we’ll be providing high quality merchandise and medals for participants as well as a range of exciting competitions and giveaways and offers in the build-up to the event.
“Our ongoing commitment to running clubs and running events is unrivalled in the UK; defined perfectly with our Men’s Running Magazine Brand of the Year award win. After supporting the Lightning Run as headline sponsor in 2017, we’re thrilled to be part of the exciting Steel City 24 event this year.”
Camping from Friday through to Sunday is included in the entry fee, and competitors can even bring along their family and supporters for free to enjoy the festival atmosphere.
Everything else for a great weekend’s action is set too, with facilities including live results and electronic chip timing, hot showers, flushing toilets, a team of masseurs to help keep you in top form, great catering and encouraging commentary.
What’s more, there’s a whole host of activities available in the park to keep the rest of the family entertained all weekend with an animal park, two playgrounds, a boating lake and acres of fields to play in.