UK phone and broadband provider, Plusnet, has announced it is to back the Yorkshire Marathon for a further two years. The news comes a week after the successful staging of the first race which saw more than 6,000 runners register for the inaugural event.
Since launching earlier this year, the event has attracted considerable interest with entry levels increased twice to keep up with demand. The marathon was staged by a new organisation under the Jane Tomlinson charitable events umbrella - which already includes the successful Leeds, York, Hull and Pennine-Lancashire 10Ks and the sell-out Leeds Half Marathon.
On the sponsorship boost, Jane Tomlinson's husband, Mike, commented: We are delighted that Plusnet is to continue its support for Yorkshire Marathon. The company's involvement with the 2013 event helped ensure it was a great success and we are confident that, with Plusnet's continued backing, the marathon will go from strength to strength both as a major sporting and fundraising event."
The race started and finished at the University of York and took in some of the historic city's most famous landmarks, including The Minister, before passing through picturesque villages and country lanes. Despite only being in its first year, the event is expected to raise between £1.3 and £1.6 million for charity.
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Next year's event has been scheduled for Sunday 12 October and interested runners can sign up to a pre-sale register which will open for entries on Friday 3 January. For more information, visit the event website.