Sheffield United legend leads cancer charity race

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More than 800 runners - included the old, young and celebrity sports guests - completed Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s annual Run in the Park event today.

The event, in its seventh year and sponsored by Irwin Mitchell and Autoworld, Chesterfield, attracted a huge crowd of onlookers to Graves Park, in south Sheffield.

Cassie Melluish and Chris Morgan; ahead of the Run in the Park, for Weston Park Cancer charity

Cassie Melluish and Chris Morgan; ahead of the Run in the Park, for Weston Park Cancer charity

There were so many turned up that the main event was slightly delayed.

There was a 3k and a 10k race - the latter featuring sports-people like Sheffield United’s Chris Morgan, Olympians Sarah Stevenson and Joslyn Hoyte-Smith, Sheffield Steelers’ staff Jason Hewitt and Ben Hall and boxers Adam Etches and Scott Jenkins.

Morgan said the entrants were a great mixture of competitive athletes, families and people in fancy dress, all united behind a great cause.

The Blades U21 coach said: “Whether it’s a fun run or its a serious run, I think the turn-out and representation for Weston Park is great.”

Charity run

Charity run

He said he’d “always looked to be involved in WPH events, I am proud to be a patron.”

Middleweight Etches romped home in the 10k with a time of 45;40, with former centre half Morgan in at a creditable 47;20.

Jeknins, after a time away from boxing, coasted in at a leisurely 65;02.

*The charity needs to raise over £1.8 million this year to finance new projects that will keep patients at the forefront of cancer treatment.

Last year the event raised over £40,000 which helped fund various projects to enable the continued improvement of Weston Park; including the expansion of research studies, improving the way cancer treatments are delivered and supporting the ongoing care provisions of patients and their families affected by cancer.