Sheffield pensioner enters eighth 10k run in a row

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Age is no barrier for Sheffield pensioner Jack Cowlishaw, who has just signed up to his eighth 10k race in a row - at the age of 76.

Jack, from Southey Green, has set himself the challenge to raise cash for the Weston Park Hospital cancer charity.

The fit OAP, who is ranked sixth in his age group for 10k runs in the UK, will once again pull on his running shoes on July 10 when he takes part in the Run in the Park event in Graves Park, which the cancer charity organises every year.

There is a 10k race or a 3k fun run for participants.

Former steelworker Jack is one of only two runners who have taken part in the event every year since it started in 2008.

He works out in a gym four times a week and regularly completes half and full marathons.

“I started running as a hobby at the age of 45 and soon found myself competing in local races and slowly but surely I began appearing on the winner boards,” said Jack

“Run in the Park is a special race for me as I’ve known so many people affected by cancer who have needed Weston Park Hospital.

“If people like me, who are fit and healthy, can run for those who are perhaps not so able then it’s a brilliant way to raise money.

“Even though I run regularly I still enjoy the challenge of the race and the atmosphere on the day is absolutely brilliant.”

As well as taking part in Run in the Park every year, generous Jack also supports the cancer charity by giving a monthly donation by direct debit.

He added: “Not only do I enjoy running, but I have seen an unbelievable improvement in my physical and mental health since taking it up as a hobby.

“I am in total awe of those receiving cancer treatment as well as those who have survived cancer who choose to take part in Run in the Park and it’s an honour to run alongside such strong people on the day.”

Run in the Park has raised over £300,000 since it began.