YORKSHIRE is to get its own marathon in memory of late charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson CBE (above).
And it has been backed by a host of celebrities, including Calderdale golden girl Hannah Cockroft.
She will help launch the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in York.
The event, which will take place in the city on October 20, will be organised by Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events, which already runs the successful Leeds, York, Hull and Pennine-Lancashire 10Ks and the sell-out Leeds Half Marathon.
For All Events was set up by the Tomlinson family as a legacy to late Yorkshire fundraiser and campaigner Jane, who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of endurance challenges despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Double Paralympics gold medallist Hannah, who is also supporting the event, said it would build on Yorkshire’s incredible showing in the 2012 Olympics.
She said: “Last summer proved that Yorkshire was the best county for sport in Britain and now that Yorkshire has its very own marathon, people can come and share in the legacy that was created.”
Jane’s widower Mike Tomlinson said the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon would become a major highlight of the UK’s sporting calendar and is expected to raise up to £500,000 for charities in its first year.