Runners take fancy dress in their stride at Sheffield Half Marathon - VIDEO

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ALL human life was there - and most emotions too.

Sheffield Half Marathon and Fun Run saw thousands of people pound the city’s streets on a glorious day.

More fun runners come home

More fun runners come home

The feel good event, which started and finished at Don Valley stadium, featured an amazing blend of effort, pride, respect, sorrow and sheer fun.

The biggest cheer of the day was for blind Second World War veteran Eric Cooper, aged 86, who ran the 3K fun run in his old Sherwood Foresters regimental uniform.

Guided by Sue Coggin, of Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, the stadium united in applause as Eric jogged down the track using a white stick.

Eric, who lost a stone following pneumonia earlier this year, said: “My motto is, if you rest you rust.”

Sue added: “I had to stop to tie my shoe laces and he was very cross with me.”

Most people have a shower after the race, but Olivia Palmer took one with her!

The 10-year-old, of Clowne, Derbyshire, ran with a shower curtain attached to a ring above her head, with a shower head attachment streaming with navy blue ribbons.

It helped that her dad works in a bathroom shop and her mum has a wedding business.

Angie and daughter Lucy Lauener’s camel was another inspired costume, but hearing and seeing proved problematic - and they set off in the wrong race.

Lucy, aged 31, said: “We set off too early and tagged on to the end of the half marathon! “Dad was chasing around trying to find us, he probably ran the furthest.

“It wasn’t easy running in costume, there were a few bumps with the humps, but the crowd made it all worth it.”

Other animals included a rabbit, chicken and sheep, worn by young actors Luke Taylor, aged 15, Mauric Widdop, 18, and Matt Roberts, 17.

The Rotherham trio were raising funds for their drama group to perform at Disneyland Paris.

Annette Hinchcliffe, of Wybourn, made it snappy in her crocodile costume, running for the Teenage Cancer Trust which is helping her son Andrew Dagnall.

She was with her Wybourn pals, all in superb outfits including superwoman, a gnome, Batman and a milk maid. They were paid for by self confessed ‘stupid cow’ - referring to her black and white outfit - Michelle Savory.

Aged 10 months, Patrick Newton was one of the youngest entrants, but he managed to stay ahead of mum and dad, Kerry and Dan - because they were pushing his pram.

Dan, of Crookes, said: “He was awake the whole time.”

It was Diane Glover’s third fun run - and the first as a widow.

She ran for Motor Neurone Disease Association South Yorkshire after her husband Chris died aged 57 in September.

Diane, was with pal Lorraine Crooks, both of Aston and both were dressed as bananas.

She said: “Chris would have wanted me to carry on. He was an amazing guy and he made we want to help others this way.”

Sheffield Lord Mayor, Coun Alan Law, was official starter of both races - and official supporter too.

His daughter, lady mayoress Nicola Aston, and her two daughters, Charley and Ellie Fitton, took part in the fun run.

Coun Law said he was humbled.

“Having them in it makes it extra special.”

The half marathon was won by Fergus Meade of Leeds and first lady was Nicola Clay of Leicestershire.

Organisers of this year’s event, the 30th, are hoping it will raise £100,000 for 10 charities.

Since it started in 1982 the race has raised a total of more than £600,000.

Story by David Walsh and video by Rachel Blundy