Sooner State to Steel City - Ian travels over 4,500 miles for home city half!

Ian Adams will travel from Oklahoma to take on his first home city run at the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon on 14th April.

Yorkshireman Ian Adams will travel 4,532 miles to fulfill an ambition of running 13.1 miles in his home city at the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon.

Ian, a 47-year-old father who now lives in Oklahoma, will fly in to visit family and take part in the charity road run on Sunday 14th April.

Ian has fancied running this event since dusting off his trainers in 2013. 

He said: “I have run in several cities in Oklahoma and Texas and wanted to run a half marathon to finish off running different distances - 1 mile, 5k, 10k, 15k and marathon.  

“I was going to do a half marathon in the U.S. but then realised I could do the Sheffield Half this April. I felt that I had to run in my home city and thought it was great excuse to see my family and friends."

Ian was brought up in Wincobank, just north of the Steel City, and moved to Oklahoma in 2008 when he married an American nurse. The couple now have twins – a boy and a girl.

“I ran a few 10k’s in Sheffield before I moved, but most of my running was cross country at school", he said. 

“I started running here in Oklahoma in 2013 to begin training for the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, which I completed in 2014. 

“I mainly do charity runs so it’s nice to know that this event is not-for-profit and will help many deserving local and national causes.”


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