Howard Webb and Downton Abbey star set to run in Sheffield race

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World Cup referee Howard Webb is to swap his boots for trainers when he takes part in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield this weekend.

Webb, who retired from refereeing duties over the summer, is due to take part in the 10k race to raise money for Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital, of which he is a patron.

The 43-year-old police officer said: “After recently retiring from refereeing I needed something to focus on and running in support of my local cancer hospital seemed like the perfect thing to do.

“Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity provides vital funding to the hospital to ensure that tens of thousands of cancer patients in our region can receive the very best treatment and care.

“I would urge anyone who is thinking about running in support of a local charity to join me on the day and stride out in support of this fantastic charity.”

He will be joined in the race by a number of celebrities, including Downton Abbey star, Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branston in the hit television drama.

The actor is the partner of Sheffield-born Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster, 31, who will also be taking part.

The couple will run with a team of Sheffield United Football Club staff, including academy manager Nick Cox, in support of Sheffield charity Roundabout.

The charity provides shelter, support and life skills to young people.

It offers emergency accommodation for homeless young people across the city, helping around 150 youngsters a day.

Nearly 6,000 runners took to the streets last year for the annual race, which that starts and finishes on Arundel Gate.