A former international referee is swapping football boots for running shoes as he gears up for the Sheffield half marathon.
Howard Webb, who was awarded an MBE for his services to football, will run in the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon Sheffield on the April 10 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Charity patron Howard is encouraging others to join him for the iconic race for Team Weston Park.
Howard, of Rotherham, said, “I’m both excited and proud to be running in The Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity this year.
“The charity plays a crucial role in supporting the work of Weston Park Hospital, which provides such a vital service to thousands of people fighting cancer across the region.
“I’d encourage anyone thinking of taking part in the event to join me and run in support of the cancer charity alongside other supporters of this worthy cause.”
Weston Park Hospital is one of only a handful of specialist cancer hospitals in England and treats patients from all over South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire – a population of almost 1.8million people.
Charity Fundraising Manager, Sarah Cross, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Howard for taking on the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon in support of the cancer charity.
“As a patron, we hope that his involvement will help increase awareness of the vital work of Weston Park Hospital and urge more people to step out on the day as part of Team Weston Park.”
“Each of our runners will get their very own running vest for the big day so that our cheering squad can easily spot them as they fly by.”
To find out more about running The Plusnet Half Marathon for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity visit: http://wphcancercharity.org.uk/event_yorkshire_half_marathon.html