Support for the marathon in Sheffield was amazing

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I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the people of Sheffield for their amazing support at the half marathon on Sunday.

I am a Yorkshire ex-pat originally from across the border in west Yorkshire, and a Leeds fan as well, so it takes a lot to win me over in South Yorkshire.

I have run in the Great North, in Leicester, Nottingham and elsewhere in the country and I have to say that the support in Sheffield was second to none.

As I hit the top of the hill, on my last legs, an old fellow who didn’t know me from Adam, shouted ‘come on Stu!’ and coming down Ecclesall Road there were loads more people shouting my name from my bib number.

And I was welling up as I passed the Sally Army brass band playing loudly with memories of home and the mining community I was brought up in coming back.

I just wanted to say thank you to the old fellow on the top of the hill and the others as their encouragement meant the world to me and I am sure to all the other runners visiting the city.

Overall, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had and the city and Yorkshire ought to be proud. It really is God’s Own Country.

Stuart Baird

Beeston, Notts

Well done to Star reporter Gael Stigant for completing the half marathon. You must run the Striders Percy Pud 10k in December!

Congratulations also to Lee Robertson who featured in Saturday’s Star. What is remarkable about Lee’s run is that on the Monday prior to the race he could hardly walk with a severe attack of gout in his knee. But £400 had been promised by Gym Plus members for the Childrens Hospital Charity so Lee was determined to run. After several visits too his doctor and heavily dosed in painkillers he did it in some style!

Alan Barnett