Miller Bear is on his marks

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Here’s a bear who really cares – Rotherham United’s official club mascot Miller Bear is in training for a double charity challenge.

Miller Bear has signed up to run the 13.1mile Sheffield Half Marathon to raise funds for Rotherham Hospice.

The cuddly mascot will also complete the Sheffield Half Marathon mascot race at Don Valley Bowl ahead of the main event.

Miller Bear, who has never run the race before, said: “I’m very excited about running both the mascot race and the half marathon.

“I’ve heard a lot about the Sheffield race atmosphere along Ecclesall Road and I’m really looking forward to it

“I’m hoping to raise £1,500 for Rotherham Hospice – a fantastic local charity which provides end of life care for patients and families affected by terminal illness.”

The caring bear is hoping to cross the finish line at the Don Valley Bowl in under three and a half hours.

Margaret Lilley, chair of the half marathon organising committee, said: “Miller Bear is a great example of the many runners we have taking part for some wonderful charities. To run 13.1 miles will be a tremendous achievement and we wish Miller Bear lots of luck on the day.”

The Sheffield Half Marathon is one of the biggest road races on the city’s sporting calendar and attracts people of all ages and abilities from all over the country.

This year, it will start and finish for the first time at Don Valley Bowl following the demolition of its old home, the Don Valley Stadium.

There is still time to enter either the half marathon or the fun run on April 6.

Entry for the half marathon is £26, or £5 for the fun run. Visit www.sheffieldmarathon.com.

n To sponsor Miller Bear, visit the charity web page of his PA, Gary Webb, at www.justgiving.com/garywebbcycle.