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Runners try new race in Barnsley

As the Olympic Games come to a close today hundreds of runners inspired by the sporting fortnight will be turning out to take part in a new race in South Yorkshire.

A 10K race is being held in Barnsley for the first time as part of the Newham-Barnsley Partnership.

The town is the only place in the country partnered with Newham, the Principle Host Borough for the Olympic Games.

The new event has attracted experienced club runners as well as many people inspired by the Olympics to don running shoes for the first time.

Leader of Barnsley Council Cllr Steve Houghton will also be taking part in the event.

The race starts at Barnsley's historic Town Hall and take entrants to the picturesque Cannon Hall Park and Gardens.

It is hoped the run will boost the funds of Barnsley Hospice, the official charity of the new 10K.

Soldier challenge

A soldier based in Harrogate is starting a 24 hour non-stop endurance challenge.

Platoon Sergeant Spencer John Davies, from the Army Training College in Harrogate, is going to run a full circuit of the Stray while carrying a backpack weighing 15kg.

Platoon Sgt Spencer John Davies

He is also inviting people to run a few circuits with him to show their support. He is raising money for Help for Heroes, Diabetes UK, Cancer Research and NSPCC.

For more on this challenge click here.

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24 hour charity run

Platoon Sgt Spencer John Davies (Taff) Credit: Verdun PR

Platoon Sgt Spencer Davies, better known as Taff, is training for a twenty four hour charity run.

He'll complete the challenge in full army kit while carrying fifteen kilos. He will run / speed march a 3.2k circuit continuously to raise money for four charities including Help for Heroes.

Platoon Sgt Davies expects to run over 120 miles, the equivalent of around five marathons during the challenge.

Based at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, Platoon Sgt Davies recently returned from a seven-month tour in Afghanistan.

Father of missing Claudia hails charity runners

Father of missing Claudia backs charity run Credit: ITV, Yorkshire

The father of Claudia Lawrence has pledged his support for hundreds of people who are taking part in a 10km charity run in aid of missing people. Peter Lawrence, whose daughter disappeared two years ago, has backed the Miles for Missing People event in London's Regents Park happening this weekend.