THERE will be plenty of people pounding the streets around Sheffield for causes close to their heart on Sunday – and among them will be proud dad Mark Reed.
The 29-year-old will be raising money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where his son Seth has been treated for panhypopituitarism since birth.
The condition means the pituitary gland – a small pea-sized gland at the base of the brain – fails to produce adequate levels of the hormones it should. He is under the care of the Endocrine department at the hospital and regularly goes there for check-ups.
Mark, from Woodseats, will be running with 12 colleagues from Sheffield-based recruitment firm Fern Global Ltd.
He said: “It will make the challenge extra special this year running for The Children’s Hospital Charity as we have always been impressed by every member of staff we have ever met at The Children’s Hospital. ”
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Also taking on the challenge will be veteran marathon runner and cancer survivor Ken Jones – nearly a year to the day since his treatment at Weston Park Hospital finished.
The 62-year-old retired teacher has been a regular at the event most years since 1984 but was unable to take part last year after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his tonsils.
Gruelling radiotherapy and chemotherapy followed every day for seven weeks at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital, and this finished last May.
Now he has set himself the challenge of crossing the finish line – in a Hawaiian-themed costume – in the Half Marathon to mark a year since the end of the treatment.
Later the same day he will also climb Sheffield Pike in the Lake District – the final mountain in a series of 214 called the Wainwrights. Over the years he has scaled each and every one, saving the one with the most appropriate name until last.
Ken, from Dore, said: “It’s obviously going to be tough and the focus this year will simply be about getting around.”
War veteran Bert Marsh will be striding out in the Half Marathon Fun Run – raising money for the British Heart Foundation.
The 86-year-old wanted to do something in aid of the charity after they supported him following a heart bypass operation two years ago.
Bert, from Waterthorpe, fought in Normandy in 1944 in the Twelfth Parachute Battalion, part of the Six Airbourne Division.
The event will see him join fellow members of the Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre Cardiac Rehab Scheme, which helps patients keep active after surgery or a heart attack.
Bert, a great-grandfather of 13, said: “I think the BHF is a brilliant charity, I try to do as much as I can for them. I’ve raised around £300 up to now and I’m really looking forward to the run.”