A YORK gym has hosted a Leeds United fundraising event in aid of skin cancer research.

Former Leeds Utd and York City player Richard Cresswell and former Leeds striker Rob Hulse were part of a team who each rowed a marathon of 42,195 metres on our rowing machines at David Lloyd gym.

The effort was in aid of Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Cancer Research, which raises money for research into skin cancer.

It was a warm up for the real challenge of rowing the English Channel when a team of former football players and support staff will row from Nuiport in Belgium to Ramsgate on June 8, in memory of one of Leeds United's conditioning coaches, Bruce Craven, who died after fight against cancer.

You can donate at www.justgiving.com/lufc-channelrowing or follow the team on twitter@LUFCChannelRow