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Ilkley women celebrate running first marathon
2:46pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
Two members of staff at an Ilkley-based domiciliary care company are celebrating after finishing the inaugural Yorkshire Marathon, in aid of charity.
Deputy manager of Ladies in Waiting, Teresa Oates, 41, and administrator, Helen Elrick, 36, took part in the marathon and raised more than £1,500 for charity Sue Ryder.
Also taking part was a marathon-running elephant from Otley is celebrating raising £1,500 for a charity close to his heart.
Environmental consultant James Richardson ran the first Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon last weekend as Mac the elephant, wearing a full-body costume.
The 29-year-old undertook the challenge as a gesture of thanks to Macmillan Cancer Support for the “incredible” support they have given his mother, Geraldine, who is living with breast cancer.
James, from Moor View Farm, was delighted to complete the York-based run – but admits the elephant suit made the going tough.
He said: “Mac was incredibly hot and sweaty but I really enjoyed the day and the support provided by spectators. There was a fantastic turnout.”