Yorkshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom got the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon off to a champion start when he launched the event at the club’s famous Headingley stadium.
Ryan – a key member of the Yorkshire team that carried off the County Championship for the first time in 13 years – launched the event as the scramble for places for the major sporting event staged as part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, got under way yesterday. (Jan 5)
The inspirational amateur athlete from Rothwell, Leeds, raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges.
The mum-of-three cycled over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Ryan said: “It is inspiring that thousands of people want to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles to raise money for so many good causes.
“I know the crowds will turn out in force to cheer all the runners on.
“I hope all those taking part achieve their personal goals and I wish them all the very best of luck.”
Siobhan Curtis, Jane Tomlinson Appeal legacy manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to all those people who will take on this challenge in 2015 to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.”
The race, will take place in York on October 11 and is expected to attract around 7,000 entrants. Places were yesterday made available to people who had registered their details on a pre-sale list.
Places go on general sale tomorrow.
Runners can opt to raise money for any good cause of their choice but are especially encouraged to support one of the event’s partner charities: Martin House Children’s Hospice, Candlelighters, Macmillan Cancer Support, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Parkinson’s UK, the Haven, CLIC Sargent, St Leonard’s Hospice, Sue Ryder and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
For more details and to enter visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.com
Jane Tomlinson CBE raised money for children’s and cancer charities before her untimely death from cancer aged just 43 in 2007.
She made headlines across the world by competing in a series of epic endurance challenges from the London Marathon, ironman and triathlon competitions, to a 4,200 mile cycle ride across the width of the USA – despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
The amateur athlete raised almost £2m for charity through her inspirational challenges and her family are now on course to take that total to £5m in her memory.