‘The Mad Man with a Pram’ Takes On His 1000th Race

John Burkhill is looking to finish his 1000th race at this year's Sheffield Half Marathon.

John Burkhill, affectionately known as the ‘Mad Man with a Pram’, is set to take on his 1000th race on Sunday 8th April.

He is running the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon and looking continue his inspirational fund raising mission.

John hopes to raise £1m for MacMillan Cancer Support – a charity very close to his heart after the sad passing of his wife, June, in 1992.

For the past 25 years, John has travelled all over the UK in his famous green wig, pushing his pram and raising money for the charity.

Talking to Run For All, John said: “I have raised money for a handful of charities but my mission is to raise £1m for MacMillan Cancer Support.

“The way they looked after my wife was special.

“I wouldn’t like to guess how much I’ve raised so far, but it is safe to say its somewhere between £500,000 and £750,000.”

John’s journey began in 1967 at the Sheffield Star Walk. Since then, he has taken on the London Marathon 16 times and many Run For All events.

John’s fund raising heroics have not gone unnoticed. He has met the Queen, carried the Olympic Torch and touched many hearts across the UK.

“I always get a fantastic reception everywhere I go.

“They all know this mad man with a pram from Sheffield and I am very proud to be that man.”

In 1992, John pushed his wife, June, around the Sheffield Half Marathon - a fortnight later she sadly passed.

“It was always a lifetime ambition for her to get a finisher’s medal”

“The atmosphere was terrific - it was as if she’d won”

John is now looking to return to the Sheffield Half Marathon. He hopes that his presence will encourage more people to take part and raise money for some fantastic charitable causes.

 “It’s all about getting round, not how fast you run.

“Don’t get me wrong when I first started I wanted to win.

“But in my eyes, if you finish you’re are a winner.”

If you would like to join John on his 1000th race, please click Sheffield Half Marathon.

If you would like to find out more about John’s mission, please visit John’s Just Giving Page.


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