BBC show winner Emon Choudhury up for Yorkshire Choice Awards

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Emon Choudhury has been shortlisted for the inspirational individual of the year award at the Yorkshire Choice Awards

A MAN who won a TV travel challenge and is looking to raise £100,000 to build a school for disadvantaged children in Nepal has been shortlisted for the most inspirational individual award in Yorkshire.


Emon Choudhury, of Saltaire, and his nephew Jamiul were crowned winners of BBC Two's Race Across the World that gripped the nation at the start of the first lockdown last year.


He will run the Manchester Marathon on Sunday, April 3, which is on the second day of Ramadan, for his latest fundraising test.


Last year Emon completed a 200k challenge during Ramadan by doing separate runs of between 5km and 10km each day, initially going along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath between Saltaire and Bingley.


Emon has been shortlisted for the Inspirational Individual of the Year at the Yorkshire Choice Awards after taking on a series of running challenges over the last year.


He is one of 20 nominees in the category, with two others from the Bradford district; Chris Moralee and Adrian Woods.


He now faces the public vote, with people able to vote for their favourites at the awards until March 31.


The awards ceremony will be held at Leeds United's Elland Road ground on May 6.


Emon said: "Just to be nominated, I feel blessed.


"I was pleasantly surprised to be nominated.


There are some incredible people on the list as well. There are quite a few from Bradford, a quite big representation from Bradford


There are a number of other Bradford nominees in the award's categories.


The Rob Burrow Award, named after the Leeds Rhinos star who has motor neurone disease, also features Bradford nominee Lorraine Towler shortlisted.


Cadeyrn Richards is up for the Young Achiever Award, while Noel Kershaw is nominated in the Covid Hero of the Year category.


Jacqui Drake and Sarah Marshall, both of Bradford, are shortlisted for the Kate Granger Award for Outstanding Contribution.


Pennine Cycles and Texfelt are the Bradford representatives up for the Independent Business of the Year Award.


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