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Snooker players to pound the streets

Snooker ace Steve Davis will be seen on the streets of Sheffield in his shorts when he takes part in the city’s half marathon.

Steve, 54, who won the world champion title six times in his sport, says he expects to run a slow route when he takes part in the event on May 27 to raise money for charity.

A team of more than 30 snooker players have signed up to run the Sheffield Half Marathon, including Shaun Murphy and Peter Ebdon. They will all be raising money for the The Paul Hunter Foundation, which funds free snooker sessions for youngsters across the UK.

The foundation was set up in memory of snooker player Paul Hunter, from Leeds, who died of leukaemia in 2006 aged just 27.

Steve Davis said: “I’m going to be very slow – I expect to be passed by a pantomime horse or two.

“I’ve been training hard but there’s one hill in Sheffield, from the city centre up West Street towards Broomhill, that keeps beating me. Once I can make it to the top, I’ll know I’m ready.

“I’ve been getting out every other day, come rain or shine, and it’s been a good way of getting me fitter, though I haven’t managed 13 miles yet.

“I always watched the half marathon runners going past the stage door at The Crucible while I was there competing, so I think it will be an emotional thing for me to find myself running past the door.”

 

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