Runners make a marathon effort for Leeds Rugby Foundation

Action from the 2014 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.
Action from the 2014 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.
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SUPERFIT fundraisers are enjoying a well-earned rest after running the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in aid of Leeds Rugby Foundation.

A team of 17 fans and foundation staff members took part in Sunday’s race around the streets of York.

Team members raising money for the foundation included Matt Middleton, Mark Fielder, Graham Poulter and Gill Farrell.

And today they lifted the lid on their experiences at the sharp end of one of the year’s biggest sporting dates.

Matt said: “First of all I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity of taking part in such a momentous event.

“To sum it up I would have to say: at 15 miles the pain started, at 20 miles I thought I was dying, at mile 22 I was sure I was dead, at mile 26 I felt more alive than I ever have!

“The Leeds Rugby Foundation motto is changing lives through sport, this marathon has definitely changed my life even if only because I won’t be able to walk the same way again. I’m looking forward to taking part in another event in the future.” Mark said: “At 9.30am on Sunday I was a runner – by 1.50pm I was a marathon runner. The emotions, the cramps and overcoming ‘The Wall’ are what made it such a special day.

“Monday’s aches and pains are worth the feeling of triumph after crossing the finish line.”

Graham said: “Well, I ran the marathon. I ache all over and I’m going through a range of emotions! I’m so happy, gleaming with pride, this is a massive personal achievement for me.

“Massive respect to everyone who did it, I hope everyone got around it OK!

“You’re all champs, no matter what in my eyes!”

Gill said: “The feeling of crossing that finish line was unreal.

“I’ve just completed my first marathon! Total emotion came over me. My first thoughts? I can’t wait for next year. Thanks LRF for giving me the chance to give my bucket list a big tick!”

The team also included Leeds Rugby Foundation ambassador and Rhinos legend Keith Senior, who completed the marathon in a personal best time of four hours 28 minutes.

Leeds Rugby Foundation is the official charity of Leeds Rhinos.

It works to deliver sport, health, education and arts projects in communities across the city.

One of its major initiatives this year has been a series of events marking the 150th anniversary of rugby’s arrival in Leeds.

The programme has been sponsored by Hunslet-based engineering firm A Taylor & Son.

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