Sheffield’s Simon Walker is steeled for marathon challenge

Simon Walker, left, at the Sheffield Half Marathon man of steel trophy presentation
Simon Walker, left, at the Sheffield Half Marathon man of steel trophy presentation
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A Sheffield man of steel is preparing for his next challenge – running a total of 90 miles in just two days.

Simon Walker, of Nether Edge, is preparing to run 50 miles at the Ladybower ultra-marathon – before tackling the 40-mile High Peak Challenge run the following day.

And the 38-year-old has pledged to give it ‘absolutely all’ as he raises cash for Unicef and the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind

He said: “I hate letting people down – so I will finish them, but it will be hard, very hard. I’m excited, but nervous.

“I figured because I was going to do the double, I would go double on the charities too.

“Unicef does amazing work for the poorest children in the world and SRSB is a fantastic local charity which works with blind and partially sighted people in Sheffield, helping them achieve whatever they wish to do.”

To prepare himself for the challenge, the Sheffield Council transformation project manager runs about 7.5 miles to work every morning with weights in his backpack and on his wrists.

He said: “It’s the mental aspect that you can’t train for; that’s the hardest part, convincing yourself to keep on going after seven hours-plus of running with blisters, and occasionally falling over and getting lost.”

Simon has also previously run two ultra-marathons, a 50-mile Round Rotherham run and a 60-mile Ultra Tour of the Peak District.

He was also part of a team of three – with Simon Wheatcroft and Charlie Baxter – presented with the 2013 Sheffield Half Marathon Man of Steel trophy after they ran nearly 70 miles between them for the SRBS.

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