Tuesday 24th April 2012
Snooker legend Steve Davis will be running the Sheffield Half Marathon in memory of fellow player Paul Hunter.
He will be joined by snooker aces Shaun Murphy and Peter Ebdon plus Jason Ferguson, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).
Together they are raising funds for the Paul Hunter Foundation, which was set up in Paul's memory after he died from leukaemia in 2006.
The charity raises funds to deliver free all-inclusive snooker sessions for youngsters across the UK and Ireland.
Steve, currently in Sheffield for the World Snooker Championships at The Crucible Theatre, is fitting his training around BBC commentary commitments.
He said: "I will be one of a 14-strong team of snooker players all taking part in the Sheffield Half Marathon for the Paul Hunter Foundation.
"It's a fantastic event for the city and a great way for us to raise money and awareness for the charity, which is a cause close to all our hearts. I'm sure we will all be thinking of Paul as we cross the finish line."
Margaret Lilley, chairman of the Sheffield Half Marathon organising committee, said: "We're delighted that Steve, Shaun, Peter, Jason and so many other snooker players have chosen to take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon.
"Steve is a well known face in Sheffield so we hope he'll receive plenty of encouragement along the route."
The SIG Insulations Sheffield Half Marathon and 3K Fun Run takes place on May 27 at Don Valley Stadium from 9am. About 7,000 people are expected to be running.