John’s best wheel forward for Sheffield race

Man with the Pram: Macmillan fundraiser John Burkhill shows off his pram 'driving' skills, and a fair turn of pace, at the Parkwood Karting track, Sheffield, where the fundraising is taking place.
Man with the Pram: Macmillan fundraiser John Burkhill shows off his pram 'driving' skills, and a fair turn of pace, at the Parkwood Karting track, Sheffield, where the fundraising is taking place.
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Sheffield’s very own ‘Man with the Pram’ John Burkhill has done it again - putting his best foot, and wheel, forward for charity.

The big-hearted pensioner, famous in the city for his pram, giant foam hand and bright green wig, has taken on the Sheffield Grand Prix challenge in an effort to break the record for the fastest time.

But 74-year-old John, who has dedicated over 20 years of his life to fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, wasn’t in a kart - choosing instead to set a lap time using his famous rickety pram!

“He did it in two minutes and 20 seconds, which is not bad considering he was pushing that old pram around the circuit,” said Rob Turner, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support.

“I’ve never seen anybody move so fast!”

Over the next two months, the people of South Yorkshire are invited to try to beat John’s time in a Top Gear-style challenge, with all proceeds going to Macmillan. The eight-week charity event was organised by Sheffield motorsport enthusiast Andy Maskill.

Andy, 30, said: “John was such a great sport and his lap was a great way to start this latest fundraising campaign off - but if anybody can’t beat his time there’s something wrong!

“People who want to try the lap for themselves - in a kart, of course - can pay £10 to the charity for five laps. All the top laps are being kept on a leaderboard on our Facebook page so people can see how they stack up against everybody else.”

The event has already raised £150 in its first week and Andy, a musician from Ecclesall, told The Star he’d like to see it smash the £1,000 barrier by the time it closes on September 30.

“It’s such a fun way to support an incredible cause, I really hope to see the people of Sheffield turning out to try this for themselves.

“Everybody I know has been affected by cancer in some way, it’s something that touches us all. My father, grandfather, close friend, aunt and best friend’s mum have all battled the disease.

“If this event can help even a little bit, I’ll be thrilled. I’m making a plea to the people of Sheffield to pull together on this.”

To take part call Parkwood Karting on 0114 279 9666, or search for The Macmillan Sheffield Grand Prix on Facebook.