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4 Oct

Yorkshire Ready For Festival Of Running

Dickie Bird at the 2016 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

General entries for the 2018 staging of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon are now open, with demand for the event, which has sold out every year since its launch in 2013, set to be exceptionally high. This confirmation comes as the marathon prepares for its latest staging on Sunday (8 October), which, with the highly popular Yorkshire 10 Mile also taking place, will see over 10,000 participants compete in the region’s festival of running.  

As with previous years, runners will be given their marching orders by Dickie Bird OBE, while a host of familiar Yorkshire faces, including former Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield, will be taking part. The 7,000 strong marathon field will tackle a largely flat and fast course that takes in the historic heart of York, country lanes and attractive villages.

The marathon is staged under the umbrella of Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, the group behind the popular Asda Foundation 10K Series, the Leeds Half Marathon and the Sheffield Half Marathon.

Lynne Preston, Yorkshire Marathon event manager, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the fifth running of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. The support runners from across the country have shown for the event is tremendous and we look forward to welcoming everyone to York.”

Announcement of registration opening for the 2018 event, which has been scheduled for Sunday 14 October, will no doubt be an exciting precursor to this weekend’s festival of running. Further registration details are available here.