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Sheffield Half Marathon runs up a record £175,000 for charity

Simon Walker (left) and Simon Wheatcroft celebrate their Man of Steel award with Margaret Lilley and Lord Mayor John Campbell.

Simon Walker (left) and Simon Wheatcroft celebrate their Man of Steel award with Margaret Lilley and Lord Mayor John Campbell.

THIS year’s Sheffield half marathon was a record breaker, raising £175,000 for charity.

The biggest-ever field of 7,500 runners last May helped to generate the most money in the event’s 31-year history.

Lord Mayor Coun John Campbell and Margaret Lilley, who chairs the SIG Insulations Sheffield half marathon organising committee, handed the money to 10 charities at Don Valley Stadium on Tuesday.

Beneficiaries are: British Heart Foundation, Myasthenia Gravis Association, St Luke’s Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre South Yorkshire, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Teenage Cancer Trust, Support Dogs, Breast Cancer Care and the Children’s Hospital Charity.

The ‘Man of Steel’ trophy went to Simon Wheatcroft, Simon Walker and Charlie Baxter, who ran nearly 70 miles between them for the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind. Simon Wheatcroft was registered blind at 17.

Andrew Shorthouse was top individual fundraiser, raising £4,845 for St Luke’s. Top group fundraisers were Team TOD (Type 1 Diabetes) – Clare Pye and Barry Quirk – who ran the half marathon on behalf of The Children’s Hospital Charity, and James Pye, Paddy Quirk, Lena Bassuni and Dominic Greenwood, who took part in the fun run.

 

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