OPINION: Running for a great cause

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You cannot fail to be moved by the story on the front page of today’s paper.

The loss of a spouse at any time is tragic but to come so soon after the birth of a child must be heart-breaking.

On Sunday Matthew Leonard will pay tribute to his wife Chelsea by taking part in the Great Yorkshire Run and in the process raise money for specialist cancer centre The Christie Hospital in Manchester.

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There will be thousands of others running the streets of Sheffield like Matthew who will be hoping to generate sponsorship for their chosen charity.

Being able to do something, anything, to raise money or awareness gives people hope.

One of the important reasons why people were so upset at the cancellation of the Sheffield half marathon in April was that they weren’t able to run the race and ‘earn’ their cash.

Training and running a race in tribute to a loved one is an emotional experience. Often it is done by people who haven’t exercised for years.

Matthew’s story highlights this issue but he could just be one of any number who will be thinking of someone dear to him over the 10 kilometres.

We wish him and all the other runners well on Sunday.