Huddersfield-born Paralympian Josie Cichockyj has died after a brave battle with cancer. She was just 49.

The Marsh-born star, who had been living in Stockport, pioneered disabled sport and won countless honours nationally and internationally.

She competed in three different Paralympics Games in 1984, 1988 and 1992 and was regarded as the outstanding British disabled athlete.

She competed in the London Marathon women’s wheelchair race for a number of years, finishing as runner-up to Kay McShane and Karen Davidson, before winning the 1989 race.

Paralympian and London Marathon wheelchair winner Josie Cichockyj chats to children during a school visit
Paralympian and London Marathon wheelchair winner Josie Cichockyj chats to children during a school visit
 

She also won other marathons including the Leeds, Gloucester, Ottawa and Brussels Marathons as well as races such as the Great North Run.

Josie held every British track record from 100m through to 5,000m and, as a wheelchair athlete, she broke 28 British records.

The highlight of her track career was breaking the 5,000m world track record in Sydney, in 1998.

Away from the track she led British teams at basketball, tennis and table tennis, winning awards across the world.