Sporting injuries can strike the most elite of athletes, forcing them into heartbreaking withdrawals from competitions they have trained years for. It was no less upsetting when Cooper & Hall were forced to abandon their shot at the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay.
Training for the five runners was on schedule to bring them to the peak of fitness for the race – when tragedy struck. Within the space of a couple of weeks, strains and pulled muscles took their toll on Ian Wilcock, Sam Whitehouse and Alison Duncan.
With more than half the baton passers gone, Tom Hornsey and Joe Wright had to admit defeat and look to next year.
Alison said: “It’s saddened all of us. We were really looking forward to beating last year’s time and raising some money for Saint Michael’s Hospice. At least we’ve got plenty of time to recuperate for 2017.”