Thousands of runners are expected to take part in new sporting event for the region later this year.
The first ever Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon will take place in October and is being staged by Jane Tomlinson Run For All Events, which already runs the Leeds, York, Hull and Pennine-Lancashire 10Ks and the Leeds Half Marathon.
They were stablished by the Tomlinson family as a legacy to the late Yorkshire fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of incredible endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
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.
Water Polo is a tremendous sport but it rarely gets the TV coverage which encourages participation. However the Olympics have provided a great TV showcase for the sport and we believe it will have inspired many people to consider Water Polo. So our Club decided to have a unique event to show what the game is all about and to highlight that we have a very vibrant Club here in Huddersfield that would really welcome new members.
– Graham Smith, Club President
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.
It is pretty crazy to play for so long but this demonstrates two of the key things about Water Polo – you need to be fit and it is a lot of fun. Anyone aged 9 to 90 who can swim, is prepared to train and has a competitive nature could easily end up playing for one of our four teams.
– Paul Bentley, Lifelong member
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.
A chance to run off those Easter Eggs? The first ever Hull Marathon is taking place today, with hundreds of people expected to run the 26.2 mile course. Many of the competitors will be running the race for charity. It starts and ends at Alfred Gelder Street at 8am. Road closures will be in place.
An army widow is demanding more support for the families of service personnel who die away from the front line. Janine Fountain's husband Steven was killed on a night out in Dorset, but afterwards she found it hard to get help.
Mrs Fountain, from Chesterfield, is now running the London Marathon to raise awareness for a charity set up to help those whose partners have died off the battlefield.