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50 mile ultra-marathon runner raises money for local charity

Steve Sharrock

3:00pm 17th February 2017

A man who ran a 50 mile ultra-marathon has raised £715 for local charity WheelPower.

Back in 2012 landlord Steve Sharrock weighed in at 18.5 stone.  After watching wheelchair racer David Weir compete in the London 2012 Paralympics, Steve resolved to get fit as an antidote to the temptations of living and working in a pub.

Steve and his wife Denise run the Three Horseshoes pub in Drayton Parslow.  

Steve does all his training in the Buckinghamshire countryside and says he gets lots of encouragement from locals and regulars who wave to him when he is out on his runs.

This week Steve, after finishing the South Downs Way Ultra Marathon, is donating £715 to WheelPower and has lost five stone. He said:

"I hate running marathons. A half marathon isn't such a problem, but a marathon is an awkward distance. To me a marathon is just a sprint. Rather than getting from start to finish as quickly as possible, the aim of the ultra-marathon is simply to get from start to finish."

WheelPower is the national organisation for wheelchair sport, based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Jo Hall from the charity said:

"Sponsored runs are integral for WheelPower as they enable us to provide more sessions for disabled people to play wheelchair sport. This year WheelPower will help over 15,000 people play sport. We rely on supporters like Steve to raise money to enable us to continue our vital work".

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