The streets of the historic city of York were a cavalcade of colour as over 10,000 runners took part in what was the largest Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon Festival to date. Sunday was also the first time the event played host to the British Masters Athletic Federation’s marathon championships, an extra element on what was a great day of both competitive running and fundraising.
More than 450 people took part in the inaugural Everton-themed ‘If You Know Your History’ 5K in aid of The People’s Place – Everton in the Community’s proposed purpose-built mental health facility. The first of its kind, the 5k invited runners to move through the highlights of Everton FC over the last 141 years.
It could well be the fastest 10k on the circuit, and for many, the Leeds Abbey Dash is the endpoint to their autumn training schedule. For anyone considering taking part, there is just under one week remaining before entries close at midnight on 24 October.
Cannonball Events, organisers of the Calderdale Way Races, are offering runners the opportunity of a course ‘recce’ before tackling the ultra and trail marathons next year. The guided trail runs will take place on Saturday 9 and 23 November and cover large sections of both races.
The fact that it has been a sell-out every year since its inception tells its own story: the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon is, without doubt, cherished by both runners and spectators across the county, and the country. Over 7,000 participants will compete in Sunday’s (20 October) 26.2 mile event with a few thousand more taking part in the increasingly popular Yorkshire 10 Mile, which has also proven to be a hit since coming on the scene in 2015.
It’s full steam ahead with the Snowdonia Marathon Eryri set to celebrate its 36th staging next week (Saturday 26 October). As ever, the event, said to be one of the most picturesque marathons in the UK, will host a full house, and runners are in for a vocal send-off with Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion in line to set the field on their way.
It was a weekend of running, that’s for sure, and while there were no world records broken, and the rain barely drew a breath in the North West, the Wiggle Manchester Half Marathon more than held its own with an exceptional turnout of over 12,000 participants.
“I believe no human is limited." Those were the words of world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge as he made history on the Prater Hauptallee in Vienna, Austria this morning (12 October) by becoming the first man to run the classic 26.2 miles marathon distance in less than two hours, recording 1:59:40.2!
Those three words uttered by world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge could be prophetic as the world's fastest marathoner attempts to achieve the 'impossible' sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Saturday (12 October).