Sheffield retro: 17 black and white photos looking back at the Sheffield Star Walk

Once a big event in the city’s calendar, the Sheffield Star Walk was an amateur walking race organised by the Sheffield Star newspaper.

The event, open to amateur walkers, was run annually from 1922 until 2000 over a distance of 12–20 miles (19–32 km).

It attracted up to 250,000 spectators and some of the entrants, such as Roland Hardy and John Warhurst, went on to represent their country at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

Women were permitted to enter from the early 1970s. In the ‘90s, its popularity declined, and the event was cancelled, being last run in 2000. It was brought back for a one-off event in 2013 to raise money to erect the Women of Steel statue.

Our photos show how the crowds turned out to watch the popular race through the years. Do you have memories of the Star Walk?

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