Yorkshire runners may now be looking to tailor their training to an autumn event with news that the county will be hosting its very own marathon in York on 20 October. The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, which was launched by local celebrities - Dickie Bird, football pundit Chris Kamara and Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft, has already received 3,500 registrations for the event.
Organised by the team behind the Jane Tomlinson Run for All series, the marathon will take runners on a scenic route through the city of York's major landmarks and into the surrounding countryside and villages.The arrival of the event has been marked by various celebrities doing the 'Y' for Yorkshire.
The route is described as 'consistently flat and extremely fast', with an elevation level that is less than London, Berlin and Paris. A detailed map is available here. A total of 5,000 places have so far been made available, with organisers hoping to raise £500,000.
After the success of the Leeds, York, Hull and Pennine-Lancashire 10Ks and Leeds half marathon, For All Events' Mike Tomlinson said he is confident the marathon will be well received in the region: "I know it will be extremely popular because there is still that great feeling of the Olympic legacy. Look at all Yorkshire achieved in the 2012 Games. There is no doubt that Yorkshire is exactly the place to launch a new marathon."
On the course's profile, Mike added: "It's taken a huge amount of planning but we think it will be really special. In York we have a city with amazingly spectacular scenery, but one that is also extremely flat which should make for a really fast course."
For more information and to register, visit the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon website.