Student runs in gran’s memory

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A UNIVERSITY student is running the Sheffield Half Marathon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her grandmother.

Sophie McGowan, a student at the University of Sheffield, is running in memory of her grandma Gertie Hill, a former mayoress of Dewsbury who spent 50 years fundraising for the cancer charity.

She died from stomach cancer last summer.

Sophie, 19, said: “I feel having lost such a wonderful lady that it is my time to give something back. Macmillan was a charity very close to her heart, and now to mine.”

Anyone wanting to join Team Macmillan and take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon in May should enter the race at then log on to to join the team.