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Yorkshire Marathon hoping increase charity fundraising

Sue miller, from St Leonard's Hospice and Andy Pierce, from Yorkshire Cancer Research, told ITV Calendar just how much the money raised by last year's Yorkshire marathon helped.

Liz Topi from York Council told us what a boost for the city it was.

The 2013 marathon raised around £2m and it is hoped this year's will raise even more.

Entries open for 2014 Yorkshire Marathon

Entries have opened for the second annual Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.

Competitors have signed up for the 2014 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The 6,000 places in 2013's inagural event sold out in just three days.

This year's even takes place on Sunday 12th October, starting and finishing at the University of York.

Christine prepares for her part in Yorkshire marathon

Christine Talbot limbering up for the run earlier this morning

Around 6,000 runners are tackling the 26 mile route through York and Stamford Bridge.

It's the first ever Yorkshire marathon, and is being staged by a new organisation under the Jane Tomlinson charitable events umbrella - which already includes the successful Leeds, York, Hull and Pennine-Lancashire 10Ks and the sell-out Leeds Half Marathon.

For her part, ITV Calendar presenter Christine Talbot is taking part in the marathon's relay race.


Yorkshire Marathon

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.