EX-PROFESSIONAL cricketer Chris Schofield turned Peter Parker for the day as he completed a marathon dressed as Spider-Man - a decade after nearly losing his life.

The 37-year-old postman, who suffered a fractured skull in a 20-foot fall from a roof in 2003, finished the Yorkshire Marathon - his first 26-mile race - in three hours 58 minutes.

He was initially supposed to run with his wife Lisa but she was forced to pull out with a back injury, leaving Chris as a lone runner in the outfit suggested by his five-year-old son Joseph.

"The last six miles were a killer - I'd not done enough training and was relying on my postal fitness," said Chris, whose round covers Hoylandswaine.

Following his fall, doctors told the former Yorkshire cricketer, who opened the batting with ex-England captain Michael Vaughan in his only first-class cricket match, it was unlikely he would play the sport again.

He went on to compete in the Bradford league and represent Hoylandswaine before retiring last year.

He said of his fall: "It was a really, really icy night and unfortunately I slipped and fell. I was found the next morning."

Chris was supported by friends, family and residents of Hoylandswaine and raised £1,200 for Macmillan Cancer Support by completing the race in York.