Two Sheffield doctors have engaged in some friendly rivalry to help them reach the finish line of the Yorkshire Half Marathon.
Oncologists Matt Winter and Jim Lester have vowed to complete the challenging 13.1-mile route in Sheffield to raise money for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Jim, who has worked at Weston Park Hospital for 11 years and specialises in head and neck and skin cancer, said: “I have been looking for a new challenge to do this year to help raise funds for our Cancer Charity and this will certainly be that.
“It will be great to do this race around the hills of Sheffield but I will need lots of training and support to make it to the finish line.
“It will be a serious challenge this year, starting in the city centre then climbing to the top of Ringinglow Road and then back down again.
“I have not done a half marathon distance since I was 17 when I was considerably slimmer and fitter.”
The Yorkshire Half Marathon Sheffield is the new charity road race organised by Run For All in partnership with the council.
As if that challenge was not enough for Jim, the ‘Team Weston Park’ member is also taking on a cycling challenge the following month which will see him covering a 200-mile route from Newcastle to Edinburgh.
Sarah Cross, charity fundraiser, said: “It’s great that both Jim and Matt are taking part in this exciting new run for the charity. They experience, first hand, on a daily basis the difference money from the charity makes to those receiving treatment at the hospital.”
To support Jim’s fundraising efforts, sponsor him at https://www.justgiving.com/Jim-Lester2/
Find out more about the ‘Ride and Raise’ team at www.rideandraise.org.uk