TWO Sheffield men won’t be able to relax after they finish the Great Yorkshire Run this weekend - because they’re performing on stage straight afterwards!
Chris Coates, aged 50, from Crookes, Sheffield, and Rob Bellis, 43, of Sunnyside, Rotherham, are in the 10km race on Sunday.
And as soon as they finish they’ll be joining their band, the Bootleggers, in the Peace Gardens to play a set.
The idea came about when the band was asked to play the race last year. Chris suggested they take part if they were invited back in 2011.
The band was invited back but at late notice - and Chris and Rob were the only ones who felt ‘fit enough or stupid enough’ to enter with only two weeks to train.
“Neither of us are club runners, but we have done a bit of training,” said Chris. “We’re not expecting to be fast - we’ll be lucky if we finish in under an hour. This is probably the first I’ve done since I did cross country in school 35 years ago!”
It’s all for a good cause though, as Chris and Rob are running for Weston Park Hospital, one of only three specialist cancer teaching hospitals in the country.
“As I lost both my parents to cancer, this is special for me,” added Chris.
n Visit www.justgiving.com/thebootleggers to sponsor Chris and Rob.
Around 8,000 people have signed up to run the 10km from Arundel Gate to Hillsborough and back.
Sean Haywood, 30, will be running for the Peter Moorhead Haemodialysis Unit at the Northern General Hospital - and has already got together more than £800.
The recycling manager at Rotherham-based Ron Hull waste firm said: “For several years my father’s had to attend the hospital three times a week for dialysis and the people at the hospital have been brilliant so I decided to raise sponsorship as a gesture of appreciation.
“Everyone’s been incredibly supportive. I’ve always kept myself pretty fit, so I thought the event would be a piece of cake - but road running is actually quite different to pounding away on a treadmill.”
Four runners are raising money for little Oscar Calvert, a bright two-year-old who needs regular treatment for a rare form of cerebral palsy. Team Oscar - Julie Allison, Sarah Tattersfield and Jillian and Helen Corbett - are raising money to send the little lad from Kimberworth to London’s Bobath Centre.
Oscar’s dad Andrew said: “Bobath would like to see Oscar every six months. The NHS paid for his first visit but due to spending cuts they’re unlikely to do so again. But each visit costs £5,500.”
A team from public service provider Amey is raising money for Amy’s House that cares for children with special needs and their siblings.
And a team of volunteers, refugees and friends are taking on the challenge for Assist, a Sheffield charity that provides help, support and friendship for destitute asylum seekers.
n To see each runner’s results log on to www.thestar.co.uk this weekend. Pictures from the run in Monday’s Star.