Brother’s run in memory of Sheffield student

Nathan Hook, running to raise money in memory of his late brother.
Nathan Hook, running to raise money in memory of his late brother.
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The brother of a former Sheffield Hallam student killed in a road crash is preparing to run a 10k race to raise money in his memory.

Mathew Hook was 28 when he died while riding his bike along the A621 Dronfield to Baslow Road on September 25, 2011.

Mathew Hook, who died in a road collision

Mathew Hook, who died in a road collision

He was in head-on collision with a motorbike ridden by Kim Broomhead, who also died in the accident.

Mathew, who graduated from the University with a 2:2 BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies in 2004, was a fitness enthusiast who competed in several competitions and regularly raised money for his chosen charity, Oxfam.

Now his brother, Nathan, is preparing to run the Sheffield Varsity 10k to raise money for the same charity.

“My brother had a love for sport and ran marathons across the UK at ridiculously fast paces,” said Nathan.

“In 2009, he completed the London Marathon in three hours and seven minutes and then in 2011 he was training for an Iron Man race, which included cycling.

“As part of his training he often cycled from his home in Sheffield to his birth home in Ripley, Derbyshire, and back again.”

This will be the second time 26-year-old Nathan, 26, from Jacksdale in Nottinghamshire, has completed the race, having raised £2,000 last year.

“He used to ask me when I was going to do a marathon, or at least a 10k run with him next, but I would always keep putting it off.

“After his passing I was determined to run it for him,” said Nathan.

“I could hear him willing me on as I entered the finishing straight to record 49 minutes.”

Nathan said he plans to run a 10k race every year at the same time of year in memory of his brother.

“I will run a 10k every March, which is near his birthday, for as long as I can by way of remembrance to such a great friend, colleague, brother, son and grandson,” Nathan added.

The Sheffield Varisty 10k race takes place at 10.30am on Sunday, March 10.

It starts at the Don Valley Stadium and sees students and staff from both of Sheffield’s Universities compete.