Since Jane Tomlinson passed away in 2007, her family has carried on that tremendous fund-raising tradition, and today her husband Mike announced the first ever Yorkshire Marathon.
A host of stars lined up in York to launch the event, which will be organised by the Jane Tomlinson charity, "For All Events". Adam Fowler reports.
Celebrities including cricket legend Dickie Bird, TV football pundit Chris Kamara and double Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft have given their support to the Yorkshire marathon
A promotional video has been released to encourage as many people as possible to sign up to the new Yorkshire Marathon which is being held in memory of the late charity fundraiser, Jane Tomlinson CBE
A group of charity runners are taking part in a Yorkshire alternative to the New York Marathon, following the cancellation of the world famous event due to Hurricane Sandy early this month.
The team from Harrogate will complete in their own take on the world famous race today by running from New York Village, near Summerbridge, to Saint Michael's Hospice in Harrogate.
The group of eight are determined to complete the run, to fulfil their promise to the many people who sponsored them more than £30,000 to help local people live with terminal illness and bereavement.
Want to get involved?
- People seeking to support the team can do so with refreshments at different posts along the route.
- Local businesses and individuals are also encouraged to sponsor the team.
- Donations can also be made through Justgiving or via mobile phone by texting 'NYNY12' and the amount to 70070.
Huddersfield Otters Water Polo Club have organised a marathon 12-hour Water Polo game to raise the profile of the sport in the town. About 70 past and present Otters will play through the night at the Stadium Pool from 7pm tonight until 7am on Sunday.
Most games last under an hour and the Club believes that this could be the longest water polo game ever played anywhere in the world.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Water Polo is invited to come along on the Saturday evening to watch. There is no admission charge, although voluntary donations would be appreciated. The Club hopes to raise £1,000 for the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice.
Hundreds of walkers from our region are tackling a marathon, but this time it is a walking marathon. It is taking place between Leeds and Skipton along the canal. There is an option of walking 13.1 miles or the full route at 26.2 miles.
All proceeds from the walk are going to the British Heart Foundation.
For more on their work see here.
A company from Hull has helped a woman complete the London Marathon
Cyclone Technologies developed the bionic suit which helped Claire Lomas tackle the challenge. She was left paralysed from the chest down after a horse riding accident.
A computer system detects her desire to move and mimics the normal response of the joints. Claire completed the twenty six point two mile route in sixteen days.
Claire Lomas has completed the London Marathon after 16 days on the road. She has become the first to complete any marathon using a pair of bionic legs which were pioneered in Hull. For more visit http://www.itv.com/news/story/2012-05-08/paralysed-woman-to-finish-marathon/