Leeds wheelchair athletes Callum Hall and Jade Jones will be competing for domestic bragging rights at next month’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.
The couple, who are engaged to be married, are both taking part in the race in York on Sunday, October 8, and each is desperate to beat the other.
Callum, 25, won last year’s wheelchair event in a time of 2:01:35 while GB Paralympian Jade, 21, was the quickest female wheelchair athlete with a time of 2:03:51.
And she is hoping to turn the tables this year, joking: “It really doesn’t matter which one of us crosses the line first – as long as it’s me!” Callum, who went to school in Menston, added: “Jade and I enjoy taking part in races together. Obviously as athletes we are both competitive and want to do our best but any rivalry between us is friendly. We like to see each other do well.”
The couple are among a large group of family and friends raising money at the race for Leeds General Infirmary’s neonatal intensive care unit in memory of Callum’s niece, who died last year aged just nine days old.
To back the fundraising, visit the www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dylan-h111 web page.
Launched in 2013, the annual Yorkshire Marathon forms part of the fundraising legacy of the late Leeds cancer hero Jane Tomlinson.
It is sponsored by Plusnet, Asda Foundation, York City Council, University of York, Up & Running, Afterskokz, High 5, Viisana, Visit York, Erdinger Alkoholfrei, BBC Radio York and The Yorkshire Post.