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Olympic hero opens half marathon

Hannah Cockroft
Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft celebrates with her Gold medal after winning the Women's 200m - T34, during the Paralympic Games in London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Hannah Cockroft will hopefully provide the inspiration for thousands of runners in Huddersfield later.

The Paralympic gold medalist will officially open the second annual half marathon in the town.

The race is raising money for the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice.

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Hannah's hometown honour

Paralympic double gold medallist Hannah Cockroft became a Freewoman of the Borough of Calderdale at a ceremony in her home town of Halifax. Hundreds of people packed out the Piece Hall and gave a rapturous welcome to Calderdale's golden girl.

It was Hannah's second civic reception of the day - crowds had also gathered in Leeds earlier to pay tribute to the 20 year old's incredible achievement.

Hannah to become Freewoman

Hannah Cockroft
Hannah Cockroft Credit: Press Association

Calderdale’s double Paralympic Gold medallist, Hannah Cockroft, is set to become a Freewoman of the Borough. Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said:“This is the highest accolade that the Council can bestow and reflects the pride and admiration we all have for Hannah.”

In the meantime, Hannah is due to attend a civic homecoming on September 13 in Halifax's historic Piece Hall where people from across Calderdale will have the chance to share Hannah’s delight at winning the 100m and 200m sprint events.

Calderdale Council’s Mayor, Cllr John Hardy, says he hopes people from across the borough will take the opportunity to share in Hannah’s triumph and show their support to a remarkable athlete.

“Her triumph is one of which Calderdale can be really proud. She is an inspiration to us all, showing what can be achieved with Yorkshire grit and determination. We’re all delighted for her and it will be marvellous to see crowds of people in the Piece Hall,” said Cllr Hardy.

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Aiming for Paralympic Gold

Hannah Cockroft

Wheelchair racing athlete Hannah Cockroft from Calderdale is aiming for Gold medal success at the Paralympic World Cup. She is thinking of it as a chance to hone her skills before the Olympic Games this summer.

Cockroft will take part in the T34 100m competition at the Manchester Regional Arena Track on Tuesday 22 May.

The 19 year old having took double gold at the IPC World Athletics Championships in New Zealand in 2011. She also holds four world records in the T34 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m distances, and recently bettered her own 400m world record while competing in Australia.

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