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In Sheffield, Don Valley Stadium [map] is the home of athletics, where local talent is nurtured and where top class athletes from around the world have competed.

Built as part of the city’s bid to host the 1991 World Student Games, the stadium cost £29 million to build and is fully equipped with Olympic standard track and field facilities. These facilities include an all-weather outdoor track and an indoor track, indoor and outdoor facilities for high jump, throws and pole vault, as well as a fully equipped gymnasium.

Don Valley Stadium has hosted several notable athletics events including the World Student Games, International Athletics Invitational events, British International Athletics Grand Prix, AAA's Championships and many other important events in the athletics calendar.

However the stadium is also home to local club, City of Sheffield Athletic Club, who have had roots in the city since 1849. Although they started out as a walking and cross country running club, they have now embraced all the track and field disciplines and can offer athletes of all ages the chance to develop their abilities.

In the past, City of Sheffield Club athletes have had success at the Olympic games, the European Cross Country Championships and the Paralympic Games in Sydney. Currently the team consists of athletes of all ages and they are always happy to welcome new athletes into the team.

Don Valley Stadium is also the training ground for University of Sheffield athletes on a Monday evening. The club coach is former long jumper Martin Jones, and a few athletes at this club have managed to achieve top placing in UK competitions.

Sheffield Hallam also has its own athletics club, which mainly caters for cross-country and road runners. And if you enjoy running but are not a student then you could join Totley AC. The club, which trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays, has over 100 members who compete in events ranging from five-mile road races to two-day mountain marathons.

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