Marathon competitors pay poignant tribute to Yorkshire man who died at Great North Run

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A minute’s applause has taken place in tribute to a late Hull man who tragically passed away months before he was due to take on his first marathon in Yorkshire.

The poignant gesture in memory of David Colley, who died during the final mile of the Great North Run last month, took place shortly before the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon got underway today.

The 58-year-old had signed up to take part in the 26.2mile run through the streets of York but sadly never made the startline.

Respectful runners, wheelchair athletes and startline spectators paid tribute to the running enthusiast, whose family was in attendance.

The event announcer told competitors: “David Colley died tragically at the Great North Run. He should have been with us today running his first ever marathon.”

Mr Colley’s daughters Sarah and Emily took part in the event’s 10mile race as a tribute to their father and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Emily and her father had already taken part in the Leeds, York and Hull 10Ks this year.

Sarah said: “Our dad was a wonderful man who was taken from us far too soon.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone, especially the running community, and wish to express our most heartfelt thanks for this at this very difficult time.”

A BHF fundraising page in memory of Mr Colley has already generated more than £9,000 for the charity. Visit www.justgiving.com/DavidColley.