South Yorkshire dad’s marathon fundraising drive

Dad-of-three Stephen Smith runs 13 half marathons for UNICEF
Dad-of-three Stephen Smith runs 13 half marathons for UNICEF
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DAD-of-three Stephen Smith is tackling a real challenge and a half.

By this summer the 49-year-old will have run 13 half marathons – more than 169 miles – for charity in a few months.

Keen runner Stephen is hoping to raise £2,000 for children’s charity UNICEF by pounding pavements all across the country.

He said: “I’ve always been a runner but I’ve never done anything as stupid as this!

“It is hard work at the moment because I am in the middle of a spell where I do a half marathon every weekend.

“So I’m spending my days off at the moment driving around the country to take part in races.”

Stephen was inspired to help UNICEF as daughter Ruby is a co-ordinator for the charity.

Last year he tackled the London Marathon, a coast-to-coast bike ride and a swimming challenge for the cause.

And he will culminate his half marathon drive, which began in November, by completing two of the 13-mile races back-to-back in the Milton Keynes marathon.

Stephen, of West Bank Drive, South Anston, said: “There are so many children around the world who are denied their basic rights, suffering from hunger or dying from starvation.

“It’s something all the family are really passionate about and fundraise for.”

Daughter Ruby added: “I’m really proud of what dad is doing, it’s a massive challenge for anyone, particularly an almost-50-year-old with ageing joints!

“I’m so pleased he’s doing it for UNICEF because they are such an amazing charity supporting children around the world and it is in such need of support right now.

“My dad is setting a brilliant example of what individuals can do to make a difference on an international scale.

n Visit http://fundraise.unicef.org.uk/MyPage/Stephen-Smith---Half-a-challenge to sponsor Stephen on his challenge.