Sheffield climbers take on lower ground

Members of Sheffield's Climbers Against Cancer, who competed in Sheffield Half Marathon
Members of Sheffield's Climbers Against Cancer, who competed in Sheffield Half Marathon
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Climbing fanatics have shown the sky’s the limit when it comes to helping people with cancer.

A group of 11 men and women from the Sheffield Climbers group raised £1,612 for charity Cancer Research UK when they took part in Sheffield Half Marathon.

The club felt compelled to do something after hearing about the plight of Lancashire-based John Ellison, who formed the Climbers Against Cancer cause after being diagnosed with the disease himself.

They donned t-shirts bearing John’s slogan to take part in May’s event.

Jennifer Stafford-Curtis, spokeswoman for Sheffield’s Climbers Against Cancer, said: “As a group of Sheffield climbers and knowing John we wanted to be able to contribute something to all of his hard work.

“We were a completely mixed ability team ranging from seasoned runners to complete novices - like myself.

“All 11 climbers finished the race with times ranging between 1 hour 18 minutes and 2 hours 27 minutes.

“To us and John, CAC is about helping people ‘climb’ against adversity in the metaphorical sense. It’s not just for climbers.”