TWO South Yorkshire sporting stars are backing a new county marathon.
Former international cricket umpire Dickie Bird, from Barnsley, and TV pundit and former Sheffield United football star Chris Kamara have thrown their weight behind the new Yorkshire Marathon – backed by Sheffield-based broadband firm Plusnet.
More than 5,000 runners are expected to take part in the event being staged by Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events, set up as a legacy to the fundraiser.
Jane raised more than £2 million for charity by tackling endurance challenges after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Chris said: “Jane Tomlinson was a huge inspiration to me and I’m sure she was to many other people.
“I hope thousands pull on their running shoes to take part in the first ever Yorkshire marathon.”
Dickie said: “I think it’ll do a lot for Yorkshire. It’s the greatest county in the world – coming from a Yorkshireman I’ve got to say that, but I’m so proud to be a Yorkshireman living in this great county.”
Jane Palmer, for Pinfold Street-based Plusnet, said: “As a Yorkshire-based company, we’re delighted to be sponsoring such a major sporting event in our county.”
The marathon, which will take place in York on Sunday, October 20, aims to encourage runners of all abilities. To register for the event go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com