Harrogate runners shine at Yorkshire Marathon

A celebrity running team, and, below, Angela Mayes and Derek Patterson and Dave Duckworth (s)
A celebrity running team, and, below, Angela Mayes and Derek Patterson and Dave Duckworth (s)
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Harrogate runners joined over 6,000 people who took part in the first Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday.

Organisers believe the event has the potential to become the region’s biggest charity fund-raiser, after it raised an estimated £1.3m for a host of good causes.

Angela Mayes (s)

Angela Mayes (s)

Next year’s event will be held on October 12, and has the potential to be even more successful.

“The course we had this year was at maximum capacity and we sold out. We could have sold twice over,” said one of the organisers.

Angela Mayes was running her first ever marathon for Saint Michael’s Hospice, and smashed her £300 fundraising target.

Angela said: “The atmosphere was amazing with all the people in the villages where we passed through coming out to support us and handing out jelly babies.

Derek Patterson and Dave Duckworth (s)

Derek Patterson and Dave Duckworth (s)

“Would I do it again? Ask me when I can walk again!”

Business James Potter Eggs, which sponsored the Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay, was delighted with the success of the weekend event.

The James Potter Eggs men’s team finished second in the relay, while Adrian Potter finished 281st out of a field of nearly 4,000.

Derek Patterson, 52, and Dave Duckworth, 57, have raised over £300 so far for Yorkshire Cancer Research and Saint Michael’s Hospice, and are expecting more donations soon.

Derek said: “We are both long term Harrogate residents and we finished the run in four hours and 49 minutes.”

Stuart Helmore completed the course in three hours and 39 minutes, raising money for Open Arms Malawi.