A BARNSLEY man recently took on the Sheffield Half Marathon to raise funds in memory of his step-dad who lost his life earlier this year after a cancer battle.

Kevin Asquith, 49, from Dodworth, presented Barnsley Hospice with a donation of £2,275 last week, after completing the marathon on March 26.

“My mum’s partner had cancer and he spent a lot of time in the hospice being looked after by the wonderful team,” he said.

Last July, Kevin ran 100 miles for Cancer Research UK and raised £1,775, after losing his father-in-law to cancer.

He said: “I signed up for the half marathon in December – making it my third fundraising event.

“I never thought I’d raise even half the amount of what I have, but I couldn’t have done it without the support from the hospice and my family and friends.

“When I ran 100 miles last summer it was hard, a lot of it was uphill and I’m not usually much of a runner.

“So to have completed a half marathon is quite an achievement – very tough, but the support from the crowd kept me motivated throughout, and I knew it was for a great cause which pushed me to the finish line.”