The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, set to take place in and around the ancient city of York on Sunday 20th October, has already sold out with 5,500 places being filled in the first three days of its launch.
Talks are in place regarding the possibility of a further 500 places being made available to increase capacity to a total amount of 6,000. Those who have yet to secure a place in the Marathon should register their details on a waiting list on the www.yorkshiremarathon.com website.
The county’s biggest marathon takes runners through the medieval city of York and its picture perfect countryside which provides a consistently flat course; more so than other major marathons in London, New York, Paris and Berlin, which should help runners who are vying for a coveted personal best as well as those tackling a marathon for the very first time.
As part of its 50th year celebrations, York University will host the race village as well as the race’s start and finish. Participants will also pass York’s historic city walls, the famous Betty’s tea rooms and York Minster, as well as through villages in North Yorkshire and the East Riding.
The Yorkshire Marathon is being organised by Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events, set up by the Tomlinson family as a legacy to Leeds-born Jane, who had raised more than £1.5 million by the time of her death in 2007.
Mike Tomlinson, Jane Tomlinson’s widower and marathon organiser, expressed his delight at the level of interest shown: “To sell out the new Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon so quickly is just amazing. We knew it would be popular but I don’t think anyone imagined that all the places would be taken in just three days.”
Celebrities marked the arrival of the event by making the ‘Y’ for ‘Yorkshire’, the new symbol of the marathon, which is expected to bring in up to £500,000 for charity.
Runners can choose to raise funds for any cause of their choice or one of the event’s partner charities – Martin House Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Parkinson’s UK, the Haven, Clic Sargent, Candlelighters, St Leonard’s Hospice, Sue Ryder Care and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Celebrity ambassador and TV presenter Chris Kamara said the sell-out was ‘sensational’, and former England, Leeds and Manchester City player Danny Mills added: “It’s amazing but not surprising the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has sold out in just three days. It’s incredible to see what Jane started grow into what it is today. To continue to be a massive inspiration is legendary! To reach out to not just Yorkshire, but people across the UK and even further afield speaks for itself. I hope everyone that takes part has a fantastic day!”
Jane Tomlinson Appeal