Runners lining up for this year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon can look forward to some high profile support to spur them on as they tackle the 26.2 mile course.

The BBC Question of Sport team captain and BT Sport rugby pundit, Matt Dawson, has agreed to be an official ambassador for the event which takes place in York and surrounding villages on Sunday October 12.

The 41-year-old former England Rugby Union captain will be at the start and finish line on the day.

Matt, who completed the 2007 London Marathon for charity in 4:35:39, said: “I can’t wait to be at the start line, cheering on the runners at this year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. The enthusiasm and support this event has already received, in only its second year of existence, is truly infectious and I can’t wait to witness it all for myself.”

Lisa Ashcroft, Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon event lead, said: “It is brilliant that Matt has agreed to be an ambassador for the event. His own sporting achievements are well documented and we hope his support for The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon will prove inspirational for the thousands who will line up at the start.”

Matt, who toured with the British and Irish Lions, was a member of the England team that lifted the World Cup in 2003. He retired from the game in 2006.