SNOOKER legend Steve Davis has always been at the top of his game.
But now the six-times world champion, who has a host of professional titles under his belt, is turning his talents to an entirely different sport - running.
The man they call the Golden Nugget will be donning his lycra shorts next month when he returns to ‘the home of snooker’ to take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon.
But the 54-year-old joked: “I’m going to be very slow - I expect to be passed by a pantomime horse or two.
“I’ve been training hard but there’s one hill in Sheffield - from the city centre up West Street towards Broomhill - that keeps beating me.
“Once I can make it to the top, I’ll know I’m ready.”
Steve will be joined on Sunday, May 27, by more than 30 of his snooker colleagues - including Rotherham’s own Shaun Murphy, and Peter Ebdon - who will be running to raise money for The Paul Hunter Foundation.
The Paul Hunter Foundation funds free snooker sessions for youngsters across the UK, and was set up in memory of top 16 player Paul Hunter, from Leeds, who died of leukaemia in 2006 aged just 27.
“Paul would be so proud of Steve and all the other lads,” Paul’s dad Alan told The Star.
“It’s hard, in some ways, coming back to Sheffield and seeing The Crucible, where we shared so many wonderful times with Paul.
“But it’s a place that holds such a lot of good memories for me and my wife Christina.’’
Steve admits it hasn’t been easy fitting training in between snooker matches, and says he still has a long way to go.
“I’ve been getting out every other day, come rain or shine, and it’s been a good way of getting me fitter, though I haven’t managed 13 miles yet,” he said.
“I always watched the half marathon runners going past the stage door at The Crucible while I was there competing, so I think it will be an emotional thing for me to find myself running past the door.”
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