IT is the individual stories of heroism and humanity that make the London Marathon the most heartwarming and humbling sporting event in the world – and this weekend’s race will be no different when tens of thousands of fun runners, including many hundreds from Yorkshire, battle extreme heat on the ultimate 26-mile route.
Some will have just started pounding the streets when elite runners, like Sir Mo Farah, reach the finish.
They carry with them the support of this region – and all those lining the streets to offering vocal encouragement. It’s not just the physical sacrifices that they’re making or their choice of fancy dress so they stand out from the crowd; it’s their desire to go the extra mile – literally – to help charitable causes that are so close to their heart.
And, with volunteers from charities like the St John Ambulance and others out in force alongside the emergency services, this is a national occasion that often shows Britain at its best. Good luck to one and all.