Jade Fallowfield - a runner from Wath-upon-Dearne in South Yorkshire - is taking part in the Yorkshire Marathon today in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, to thank them for caring for her 10 year-old cousin Elijah.
Elijah was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in June 2011 and sadly lost his battle in May 2012 spending his final days being cared for at Bluebell Wood.
The Yorkshire Marathon takes place today and this much-anticipated run through the heart of York will be the biggest marathon in the whole of the white rose county.
Nearly all places for York’s first marathon have been filled in just two days.
The event, on October 20, is organised by a new company under the Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events umbrella. Entries have come from across the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the USA and even the Bahamas.
We are absolutely thrilled with the response to the launch. We knew it would be popular, but even we could not anticipate entries flooding in quite as quickly as they have.
“The whole of Yorkshire and beyond has got behind the marathon – from runners, to the local authorities, the University of York right down to shopkeepers who have pledged to help support our athletes en route.”
– A Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon spokesman
Runners can raise funds for any cause of their choice or one of the event’s partner charities.
More than 3500 thousand runners have already signed up for the first Yorkshire Marathon just 36 hours after it was launched.
Organiser Mike Tomlinson says he's never known one of the Jane Tomlinson For All events take off in this way and that the sign-up has already exceeded expectations. Runners from Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean have already bagged a place.
It takes place in York in October and is the biggest event in memory of Mike's wife Jane since she lost her battle with cancer in 2007.