29 May

Dawson Backs Yorkshire Marathon

Matt Dawson Yorkshire MarathonRunners 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 on Sunday 12 October. 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 its surrounding villages.

The event is organised by the team behind the popular Jane Tomlinson's Run For All 10K Series and Leeds Half Marathon. The inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon was hailed a huge success from all quarters, bringing in up to £2m for good causes and a boost of at least £1m for the local economy.

The 41-year-old former England Rugby Union captain, has given his backing for the race, held for the first time last year, and will be at the start and finish line on the day. Matt has previous experience in long distance running having completed the 2007 London Marathon for charity in 4:35:39.

Matt commented: "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."

Capacity for the event was increased to 7,000 due to popular demand and all the places were snapped up in just a few hours; only charity places are now available. For more information on how you can secure a place, visit the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon website.