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Band march to success at London Marathon

The band marched through Huddersfield ahead of their civic reception Credit: Kathryn Smiles

Musicians from West Yorkshire have reclaimed their title as the fastest of their kind in the world.

The 30 members of the Huddersfield Marathon Marching Band – aiming to raise £50,000 – finished in six hours and 57 minutes.

They were treated to a civic reception this evening.

The band were given a Guiness World Record certificate Credit: Kathryn Smiles

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Marathon challenge to raise awareness of prostate cancer

Last year, ITV launched the Stand By Your Man campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer. It was partly inspired by John Anderson, a surgeon from Sheffield who saved hundreds of lives then fell victim to the disease himself.

This weekend one of his five children, Jamie, will honour his father's memory and raise awareness himself by taking on the London Marathon.

MP ran marathon in memory of wife

MP Dan Jarvis Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Dan Jarvis, the MP for Barnsley Central, is celebrating completing yesterday's London marathon in a very respectable three hours and forty six minutes.

Mr Jarvis took part in the event to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. He lost his first wife to the illness three years ago. Running alongside him was his father, who's previously taken part in more than a hundred marathons.

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Boston explosions prompt London security review

Competitors take part in the 2012 London Marathon in London. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Metropolitan Police say they will be reviewing their security procedures following two explosions at the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts.

The blasts struck six days before thousands of athletes and fun-runners take part in the London Marathon.

Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry, the event commander, said security arrangements would be reviewed ahead of the event next Sunday.

Smoke billows across the marathon course in Boston after two explosions near the finish Credit: CNN

She said: "A security plan is in place for the London Marathon. We will be reviewing our security arrangements in partnership with London Marathon."

Nick Bitel, the chief executive of London Marathon, said: "We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news from Boston.

"Our immediate thoughts are with the people there and their families. It is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends and colleagues in marathon running. Our security plan is developed jointly with the Metropolitan Police, and we were in contact with them as soon as we heard the news."

MP to run London Marathon

Dan Jarvis MP Credit: Calendar News

A South Yorkshire MP who lost his wife to cancer will run the London Marathon next year to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

It will be the third time Dan Jarvis has taken on the 26.2 mile challenge.

The Labour MP for Barnsley Central said he wanted to raise "as much money as possible" as well as raising awareness about early diagnosis of cancer.

He added: “We must be bold in our attempts to combat the disease and if I can play my small part next April then I will be proud to do so”.

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