Yorkshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom got the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon off to a champion start today when he launched the event at the club’s famous Headingley ground.
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The bowler, 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 marathon staged in the memory of Jane Tomlinson CBE, from Leeds, got under way.
She raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of challenges.
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.”
The race, will take place in York on October 11 and is expected to attract around 7,000 entrants.
Places were today made available to people who had registered their details and places go on general sale on Wednesday.
For more details and to enter visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.com.