DOZENS of the region's leading athletes took part in an annual competition to raise money in memory of Kieran Maxwell.

The Kieran Maxwell Memorial Track and Field Open attracted competitors from athletic clubs in the North East to take part in the event at Middlesbrough's Sports Village and managed to raise thousands for the charity.

His mother, Nicola, said: "For me the success of the memorial shows how much Kieran touched people's lives. That they are willing to support us to keep Kieran's memory and his dream of no children dying of cancer."

The event, which was inaugurated last year, is held in memory of Kieran Maxwell, from Heighington, who died in June 2017 at the age of 18 after a seven-year fight against the rare illness, Ewing’s Sarcoma.

A promising sprinter, and a member of the Harriers, Kieran was being considered for the Great Britain Paralympic triathlon team thanks to his performances on the track.

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