7 April 2016

Running over 13 miles is a challenge enough for most, but a member of the Streets Ahead team will be running this weekend’s Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon dressed as the Clean Sheffield anti-litter mascot, Phil the Bin.

Ken Rowe, 63, a Highways Supervisor for Streets Ahead, has run every single marathon and half marathon in the city since 1982. He has also taken part in many other marathons across the world, including London, Paris and the Alps. He will be running Sunday’s Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon in aid of The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Ken said: “I run all the time and have taken part in many marathons and half marathons over the years, but I was looking for a new challenge and thought that running as Phil the Bin would definitely be one, as well as raise awareness of the Clean Sheffield campaign. I’ve had a little go at running in the outfit, but I haven’t trained in it – I’ll have to go steady.

“I’m always keen to support The Children’s Hospital Charity as having three children of my own and two grandchildren, it’s a charity that’s close to us as a family.”

With the support of his friends and colleagues, Ken has already raised over £600 and is hoping that the final figure will grow over the weekend.

Steve Robinson, Head of Highway Maintenance for Sheffield City Council, said: “Ken has really set himself a challenge in running the Plusnet Yorkshire Half Marathon dressed as Phil the Bin. This marathon really showcases Sheffield at its best. It demonstrates our reputation as a city of sport and reinforces out status as The Outdoor City.

“I’m also pleased that Ken has chosen to help us highlight the Clean Sheffield campaign, which aims to encourage all residents, businesses and visitors to the city to work together to keep our city clean. Good luck to Ken!”

Graeme Symonds, Streets Ahead’s Core Investment Period (CIP) Director, added: “It’s great in itself that a member of the Streets Ahead team is taking on the challenge of a half marathon, but even better that Ken wants to raise awareness of Streets Ahead, in particular our Clean Sheffield campaign. It will definitely be a challenge for Ken running as Phil the Bin – it’s not a small costume!

“Amey is always keen to support local communities and the Streets Ahead team has been very generous in giving to this cause so far, as well as other causes too. We wish Ken luck for Sunday’s event.”

Ken, or Phil the Bin, will start and finish the race in Sheffield city centre, with a scenic route of the Peak District in between and hills to tackle along the way.

Phil the Bin is the much-loved mascot of Streets Ahead and Sheffield City Council’s Clean Sheffield anti-litter campaign, which was launched last summer with the aim of changing behaviour and reducing the amount of litter dropped in the city.

More information on Streets Ahead works is available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead or twitter @sccstreetsahead.