Mad man with the pram and proud grandson

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My name is Daniel Burkhill and this year I did my second Sheffield half marathon.

I am 20 years old and trained hard to beat last year’s time of two hours 23 mins. I was pleased that all that training paid off as I beat that time by 6 minutes .

I am looking forward to next year’s race wherever it may be, it is just a shame that it wont be at Don Valley. It seems crazy to me to build a stadium like Don Valley to knock it down. But someone else was in this race and has been in everyone of the Sheffield marathons even before I was born. All Sheffield know his as the ‘mad man with the pram’ John Burkhill, and I am very, very proud to be his grandson. You may have heard that recently he suffered a couple of strokes that has put him in hospital. My mum and dad and all his family pleaded with him not to do this years marathon but my grandad who is 74 years old wouldn’t listen. What does he do? He lines up with his pram. They gave him 45 minute start. I thought I’dcatch him on Ecclesall Road and there he was giving all the kids a high five with his big hand . He also keeps reminding me that I have a long way to go to beat his time of 1 hour 45 minutes when he was race walking. He is an inspiration to everyone and yes grandad I will one day beat them times of yours. But you are the best.

Daniel Burkhill