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Runners prepare for tomorrow's Yorkshire Marathon
Kenyan runner John Mutai, pictured winning the Edinburgh Marathon, is one of the favourites to win the race
AFTER nine months of preparations and gruelling training routines, thousands of runners are today counting down the final hours to the first-ever Yorkshire Marathon.
More than 6,500 runners take part in the inaugral Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon tomorrow, on a 26.2-mile course starting and ending at the University of York. Organisers hope the race will raise £1.3 million for charity.
Today, two of the participants tell us their inspirational stories. Helen Copeland, 45, broke both legs only ten weeks ago when she fell while climbing.
But she has refused to give in, and will complete the course on a special hand-powered bike, in aid of the rescue team that helped her.
Meanwhile, Paul Sanderson, once so overweight he could barely walk without sweating, will run the route having shed ten stone.
Last night, marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe sent a message to those taking part.
She said: “I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the runners in The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon the very best of luck, especially to all those running for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Good luck and thank you very much for everything you do to support the appeal and honour Jane’s memory.”
Forecasters said tomorrow is likely to be cloudy with some rain, with temperatures around 15C.
Residents are reminded to be aware of road closures along the route including York city-centre.
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