Runner’s final marathon is super effort

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Charity fundraiser Mick Cordall has hung up his running shoes after crossing the finishing line of his final marathon.

Mr Cordall, of Lowfield Road, Hemsworth, has raised thousands of pounds for a number of charities - including the Prince of Wales Hospice and Cancer Research - since taking part in his first event more than 25 years ago.

His 28th and final marathon was the PlusNet Yorkshire Marathon in York last month.

He completed the course in four hours and 30 minutes.

Mr Cordall raised £1,136 for the Martin House Children’s Hospice, Wetherby. The 44-year-old donned a Superman outfit for the event, which was the first time he had completed a marathon in fancy dress.

The dad-of-one had already completed the London Marathon six times, the Leeds Marathon, Manchester Marathon and the Nottingham Marathon. His record time was two hours 47 minutes when he did the London Marathon a decade ago.

Mr Cordall smashed his fundraising target of £800. He was helped by his employer Next, which donated £200, and daughter Leah’s school, Grove Lea Primary, which raised £256 by holding a ‘wear what you want, give what you want’ non-uniform event.

Mr Cordall now plans to continue raising funds for local charities by taking part in other events, such as the Prince of Wales Hospice Santa Dash.

Mr Cordall’s charity work was recognised last year, when he was selected to carry the Olympic Torch through parts of Ackworth.

He later used the torch to raise funds for the Laila Milly Foundation and Cancer Research UK by taking it along to a football tournament for children to hold in return for a donation.

Mr Cordall also visited local schools with the torch and met with a terminally ill teenager who had been too sick to watch any of the Olympic processions.

Mr Cordall said: “I managed to complete the course, despite unseasonably warm conditions, in my Superman suit and the amount raised for Martin House stands at £1,136.51.

“I had a brilliant day, it was quite emotional. I was high-fiving everyone and having lots of pictures taken so my finishing time didn’t really matter this time. This is supposed to be my final marathon but I feel like I have got the bug again after this time so I can never say never. I will always run in some way, there are a lot of good causes out there to raise funds for.

“I would like to thank my wife, Louise, and daughter, Leah, for their continued support and encouragement and also each and everyone of my sponsors, including Next and Grove Lea Primary School.”