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Over 3500 runners sign up for Yorkshire Marathon

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.

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Fundraiser's legacy in 'dream come true'

The widower of late charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson CBE has said that a marathon dedicated to her legacy is a dream come true.

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, which has attracted more than 500 entries within two hours of its launch, may well be the biggest event of its kind in northern England.

The run, in York on October 20, is organised by Jane Tomlinson's For All Events.

For All Events was set up by the Tomlinson family as a legacy to the late fundraiser and campaigner who raised almost £2 million for charity by tackling a series of incredible challenges despite having terminal cancer.

Mr Tomlinson said that despite his wife's original fundraising target being just £5000 10 years ago, £4.5 million has now been raised for charity, adding: "This is just a dream."

"We started off with one run in 2007, the year Jane died.

Now we've got 4 10Ks, a half marathon, this marathon, 3 walking festivals in the Peak District, Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and a swim.

I'm hoping this will be the biggest marathon in the north of England and the way it's started today and the buzz and the atmosphere, it's well on the way to being that. It'll be a national event.

This is the iconic city of the north of England and, added to that, it's very flat.

If Jane was alive and she was well, she'd be here and running because this was her favourite place to run round."

– Mike Tomlinson
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