Steel runners bid to raise cash for servicemen

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HUNDREDS of runners are to take part in a gruelling endurance challenge to raise money for charity.

The Sheffield Man of Steel event is a 5km and 10km foot race designed to push competitors to their limits through the hills and spills of Graves Park. It will be staged on Sunday July 17 at 4pm and all proceeds raised will go to Help for Heroes, a charity that helps injured British servicemen. It will start and finish at the Pavilion on the north side of Graves Park, located just off Hemsworth Road.

In a unique twist, Tony Goddard, the organiser of the race, plans on creating a series of obstacles around the course, ranging from a muddy pond crossing to the sandbag hill slalom course.

Self-employed personal trainer Goddard told The Star: “I have done a few 10km races but I have got a bit bored of them. I saw a gap in the market to do something different so I thought I would create a race that would have some obstacles in it to make it more challenging.

“It is going to be fun and challenging and I just want people to have a giggle all the way around the course.

“Graves Park is Sheffield’s best park, if not the biggest, and it has got some hills that a lot of people don’t even know about. It is a great open space and you can do so much with it.”

Goddard, who lives near Woodseats, wants 300 people, men and women, to enter the two extreme races.

“It is the first time I have organised something like this before and it has been quite a lot of work but I am enjoying it,” said the 34-year-old, who hopes to make it an annual event.

Runners can enter the 5km race, which is one lap of Graves Park, or the 10km race, which will feature double the number of obstacles, for £15. The fee will include a goodie bag for all competitors and there will be prizes for the winners of both the 5km and 10km men’s and women’s categories.

For more information, log on to www.sheffieldmanofsteel.co.uk or email tonygoddard2003@yahoo.co.uk