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Tired runners at the finish line of the 2014 Yorkshire Half Marathon: Sheffield
Tired runners at the finish line of the 2014 Yorkshire Half Marathon: Sheffield

Sheffield 10km road race set to step up to new level

16 March 2016

Sheffield City Council is seeking a partner to launch the next phase of the city’s 10km road race.

Following the huge success of the newly launched Sheffield Half Marathon last April, the council are now tendering for a provider to manage and organise a new 10km road race forming part of a range activities that people of all ages and abilities can take part in.

The contract of the 10km race – The Great Yorkshire Run – which has been running in Sheffield for 10 years, expired in 2015. Partners are therefore being invited to bid to re-launch the event to take it to its next phase.

Councillor Sioned-Mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for sport and fitness in the Sheffield.

“Whilst the Great Yorkshire Run was a popular event, we believe that runners will thrive on a fresh new challenge and that it will attract many more visitors to the city.

“We’re asking potential providers to look at a range of activities linked to the main race so the event will be more inclusive and encourage all ages and abilities to participate.

“We’ve seen how successful the new half marathon race is and with the right provider, we are confident that we can take the 10km race to the next level.”

The new provider will be expected to:

  • create a new look and feel for the event
  • encourage entries from runners at all levels of ability
  • grow the event in size year on year
  • attract new runners who have never taken part in a Sheffield 10km race
  • develop the event by incorporating additional activities to form a portfolio of events – potentially running over the whole weekend.

The contract to manage and organise the race will be for a period of three years, with the potential to extend for a further two years and the council are expecting the new event to be launched sometime in late 2016 or early 2017.

Cllr Richards added: “Sheffield’s sporting legacy is something we are very proud of. We need an event that will motivate people to take up active and healthy lifestyles whatever their circumstances, and who knows we might even inspire our next generation of athletes. I encourage organisations with ideas and commitment to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and show us what they can do.”

The tender documents are available online at www.yortender.co.uk. Organisations who would like to bid can apply online by the closing date of 15th April 2016. Those who are not yet registered on the Yortender website can do so through the Supplier Area.

It is expected that the new provider will be announced in the coming weeks

For more information about the tender process please contact Melissa Barker, Commercial Manager on 0114 205 3152.  Email Melissa.barker@sheffield.gov.uk.