Sheffield gran targets seventh half marathon

Ann Allen and her son Adrian Myers.
Ann Allen and her son Adrian Myers.
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Partially-sighted gran Ann Allen is hoping to inspire people to run after signing up for the Sheffield Half Marathon.

The 76-year-old – the oldest female runner to enter so far – will be taking part in her seventh Sheffield half marathon when the race sets off from Don Valley Bowl on Sunday, April 6.

Ann, who hopes to raise £300 for the Sheffield Vision Impaired Walking Group through her efforts, said: “I thoroughly enjoy running the Sheffield race as the atmosphere is fantastic.

“Nothing beats running past when you can hear the crowd cheering.

“The Sheffield half is one of my favourite races as the route is really good and it’s great to run in my hometown.

“If I can run the race at the age of 76, I strongly recommend anyone to sign up.”

Her son, Adrian Myers, who is also a keen runner, will be her guide for the race and will support her throughout the 13.1 mile route, while her eight-year-old grandson Kaden has signed up for the associated 3km fun run.

Margaret Lilley, race organising committee chairman, said: “We are delighted Ann has entered again.

“ She is an inspiration to other runners who are still deciding if they want to take part in the marathon this year.

“We have several blind runners who take part in the race.

“It just shows it really is open to anyone if you are willing to train and prepare for it well.”

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