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Charity runners hold tribute to New York marathon

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.

Making a splash in Huddersfield!

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.

Walking marathon

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.

Marathon success

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.

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