A remarkable 7000 runners competed in Sunday’s (8 October) Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and accompanying 10 mile race, a figure that further underlined the event’s status as one of the most important in the region. The marathon, impressively, has now posted a sell-out for each of its five years and there was a fitting nod to the first race as Dickie Bird, who started the maiden Yorkshire Marathon back in 2013, sent runners on their way through the streets of the historic city.
Starting at the University of York, the route took the field through the heart of the city and out into villages and country lanes before returning to the university and an electric finish. As ever, the city was transformed into a cavalcade of colour as the runners made their way around the scenic course cheered on by thousands of enthusiastic spectators.
The race saw Central AC’s Ross Houston make a successful comeback to marathon running with the Scottish athlete taking first in 2:24:13, over a minute faster than Tom Charles, (2:25:52) with Scott Harrington finishing third in 2:30:55. Tracy Millmore dominated the women’s race, setting a time of 2:46:09, over eight minutes ahead of Dumfries RC’s Joasia Zakrzewski in 2:54:46, while Sarah Bird took third in 2:55:34.
Across the finish line in a time of 3:24:56 was former Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield, who took on the challenge to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities. It was the latest in a series of charity endurance events for Sinfield since his playing days came to an end and to cap off a successful day he bagged a marathon PB by taking almost six minutes off his London Marathon time from April 2017.
Sunday’s festival of running also included the 10 mile event, which, despite being launched in 2015, saw 3,000 runners taking part on Sunday. New Marske Harriers’ Dominic Shaw averaged just over 5 minute miles throughout to secure a comprehensive victory in 50:15, while Joe Sagar took second in 54:46 and Toby Smith third in 55:51. It was closer in the female field with Tanya Blake first in 1:03:18, followed by Sarah Douglas (1:03:51) and Margaret Beever (1:03:52).
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon event manager Lynne Preston said: “The fifth running of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon was a great success and we are delighted that the event continues to go from strength to strength. We would like to thank everyone – the runners, spectators, sponsors, partner organisations, charities and particularly the many volunteers – who have helped make today’s run such a success.”