Three inspirational people from Yorkshire have been shortlisted to lead the county in the Morrisons Great Yorkshire run, War of the Roses.
As is tradition, reigning champions Yorkshire will go head-to-head with Lancashire on September 27, in the annual battle for the fastest combined 10k times.
The search for the 2015 captain is well underway and nominations have been pouring in for weeks. The number has now been whittled down to six and the final decision is down to you:
MARK JAMES, a proud Yorkshireman from Sheffield, has been described by his colleagues as ‘the most helpful person you will ever meet’, and someone who would love to lead his county to victory. An employee at H Harrold and Sons for 22 years, he works with customers on a daily basis and always has a smile on his face. He volunteers weekly at the Sheffield Boys Brigade and has previously been awarded the gold award by the Duke of Edinburgh.
RICHARD HAYES is known as known as the Mohican Runner, due to the unique haircut he has sported during his numerous charity challenges which have seen him raise thousands of pounds for charities such as the NSPCC. Sheffield-born Richard will spend the next 52 weeks racing at least one event per week, with his face painted like his favourite childhood wrestlers, all to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity.
SAM NEWNHAM, a keen runner from Bradford, suffered back pain for many years until she was diagnosed with Scoliosis in 2012. Her doctor thinks it’s a miracle that she doesn’t need physio, and believes running has helped her manage the condition. Determined not to give up, she doesn’t let this affect her running, or her job as a police woman. Sam regularly attends events in the region and not only paces runners, but encourages them with constant jokes and chat! She keeps her followers up to date on her blog Marathon Sam.
STEVE BULLOWS, a teaching assistant from Stalybridge, has already completed seventeen runs, and wants to represent Lancashire at the Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run – the 20th and final event in his 2015 challenge. He’s running to raise money for Mummy’s Star, the only UK charity dedicated to women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy. Over the past two years he has raised almost £6,000 for different charities.
BEN ASHWORTH, from Preston, was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in 2012. He committed to running six marathons in six months last year, and has since completed 17.
Ben has raised an incredible amount of money for different charities. Set to complete the national three peaks challenge in September, he has decided to cycle the 450 mile distance between each mountain. He completes his training around his gruelling fortnightly chemotherapy, whilst keeping his followers up to date on his blog Ben’s Bowel Movements.
KAREN HUGHES and her seven-year-old daughter ELLA CHADWICK, from Rochdale, have spent all of Ella’s life in and out of hospital after she was born with the rare illness Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome. After receiving a life-saving kidney from her grandma last year, Ella has gone from strength to strength, and even won two medals at the British Transplant Games 2015. She previously walked with a frame, but took her first steps unaided three months ago, with Karen describing it as something she never thought she would see.
Voting for the county captains closes on September 13.
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