Age is no barrier for Star Walkers

Hillsborough Leisure over 60's . Hillsborough Leisure over 60's Edwin Grocock
Hillsborough Leisure over 60's . Hillsborough Leisure over 60's Edwin Grocock
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Veteran athletes, nonagenarians and tiny tots are proving everyone can do this year’s Star Walk.

There are less than two weeks to go before the big day and the event is attracting people from all walks of life.

Edwin Grocock – aged 88 – came second in The Star Walk 1945 and will be under starter’s orders again this year.

He is sure to give all the younger participants a run for their money as he has proved many times that age doesn’t have to be a barrier to fitness.

At the age of 85 he became the British record holder for the 3,000 metre in his age group.

“I thought I was going to win The Star Walk in 1945 but it wasn’t to be,” he said.

“I have done all sorts of walking races, everything from 3,000 metres to 100 miles – 100 miles is about my limit.

“I go out walking whenever I feel like these days but it is just for exercise really.

“When I think there are people my age walking double with sticks I think to myself, I’m not doing too bad.

“Hopefully when people see others of all ages out doing this year’s Star Walk I hope it will encourage them to get involved.”

The Star Walk gets under way at 11am on Sunday, April 28.

Back in the day it was one of the city’s big athletic challenges and stretched for 16 miles but this year’s has been designed with one special Sheffield charity in mind.

All money raised will go to the Women of Steel Statue Appeal and the course is just a mile so some of the women, now in their 90s, can take part.

The women stepped into the breach during both World Wars in order to keep the city’s steel works producing the bullets, tanks, ships, planes and guns needed for the frontline.

Many are being supported at The Star Walk by several generations of their families including great grandchildren as young as two.

The course is a lap of Hillsborough Park, starting and finishing at Hillsborough Sports Arena.

Entry is £10 adults and £5 children. The course is suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

* Register today by calling 0114 2521299 or visit Star Walk