Half Marathon’s big names

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Stephen King, Neil Armstrong, Michael Jackson, Alistair Campbell, and Peter Jones have all signed up for the 2011 Sheffield Half Marathon.

Rather than the famous novelist, astronaut, singer, spin doctor or Dragon’s Den star these are their lesser-known namesakes who, as keen runners, are busy pounding the streets training for the event on May 8.

They are among 5,500 athletes confirmed for the sell-out race which will raise funds for 10 local charities.

Although the half marathon is now full, organisers are hoping for more celebrity impersonators to turn up for the 3km Fun Run, when runners are also encouraged to don fancy dress.

Ian Thomas, entries co-ordinator said: “This year’s half marathon has really captured the imagination of all types of runners, from people who love running in their spare time to the more serious club athletes.

“The popularity of the race is increasing year after year so for people who are still wanting to do their bit for charity I encourage them to sign up for the 3km Fun Run where there are still places available.

“As more and more entries come in these famous names just stood out. I’m sure Stephen King will be hoping for a killer performance while Neil Armstrong will be taking more than just one small step for man!”

Visit www.sheffieldmarathon.co.uk call 0845 3883438 or email entries@sheffieldmarathon.com to sign up.