A record year for Sheffield Half Marathon

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THIS year’s Sheffield Half Marathon broke all race records – raising £110,000 for 10 benefiting charities, organisers have revealed.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, handed over a cheque for the cash to Margaret Lilley, chair of the Half Marathon organising committee.

The official charities for the 2011 race are the British Heart Foundation, Myasthenia Gravis Association, St Luke’s Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre South Yorkshire, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Sheffield Teenage Cancer Trust and Motor Neurone Disease Association South Yorkshire.

Alyson Adam was crowned Woman of Steel after completing the marathon despite suffering from the rare neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis.

After being diagnosed in 2004, Alyson was often unable to feed herself or wash and brush her own hair.

But with her 30th birthday approaching, she wanted to do something big to raise money for the charity and prove she has not been beaten by her illness.

Alyson, from Walkley, said: “I wanted to increase awareness of both the disease and the fantastic work the Myasthenia Gravis Association does.”

Nick Goodson was top individual fundraiser, collecting £3,250 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

Alyson came second, raising £1,799, while Chris Cotton was third with £1,119.49, also collected for Bluebell Wood.

Staff and pupils from Rudston School in Rotherham collected the award for the biggest group sponsorship – £9,172.77, also for Bluebell Wood.

The 2011 race was the most popular to date and reached its capacity 11 weeks in advance.

■ To secure a place in the 2012 Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday, May 27, log onto www.sheffieldmarathon.com or call 0845 388 3438 for more information.