Novice runner completes Rutland Half-Marathon in aid of Prostate Cancer UK

Half marathon runner Michael Sneath
Half marathon runner Michael Sneath
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A novice runner has raised more than £750 for charity after completing the Rutland Half Marathon.

Michael Sneath, 37, started training for the 13-mile race in December this year after his father-in-law was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Two weeks before the race, Michael’s final preparations were interrupted when he suffered a calf injury.

But he put the setback behind him to turn in a remarkable performance in the race on September 18. Michael’s wife Louise said family and friends were very proud of him.

Michael finished the course in less than two-and-a-half hours – more than an hour quicker than he expected.

Louise said her husband decided to take part in the race and gain sponsorship for the Prostate Cancer UK charity as a way of saying thank you for the support given to the family by specialist nurses caring for her dad, Steve Bates. Steve, 58,had an operation in January and is now back at work as a press operator at Cummins in Stamford.

Warehouseman Michael and Louise, who live in Blackthorn, Stamford, are hoping to push the fundraising total higher. Anyone who wishes to contribute or who has an outstanding pledge can e-mail