Steve’s on the run again but only across the UK

Steve Pope of Crosspool, Sheffield who is running across north America for Help the Heroes charity'. See Story Catherine Scott  Picture by CHRIS LAWTON'04 August 2011

Steve Pope of Crosspool, Sheffield who is running across north America for Help the Heroes charity'. See Story Catherine Scott Picture by CHRIS LAWTON'04 August 2011

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AFTER running across America last year, Sheffield long-distance runner Steve Pope has lowered his sights for 2012.

Even so, he is preparing to take part in marathons, half marathons and a run from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The student landlord has signed up to join a team covering 55 miles a day across the length of the UK over 16 days, starting in April.

“It will give me an incentive to get back into serious training,” said Steve, who ran more than 3,000 miles from the west coast of America to the east with colleague Chris Finill, raising £10,000 for the charity, Help for Heroes.

Steve, aged 45, who lives in Crosspool, crossed nine mountain ranges and three deserts on the adventure, which was called From Golden Gate to New York State.

“It didn’t take as long to recover as we thought. We had heavy legs for a week but I’m back running now.”

He has started writing a book to record the “amazing” experience.

“It took a long time to sink in. Somebody said at the finish that you won’t appreciate what you have done for a while and they were right. How did we have the cheek to set off on something like that? It seems a long time ago but I’m very proud of it.”