Wednesday (6 January) saw the official launch of the 2016 edition of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, which has been scheduled for Sunday 9 October. The occasion was met with palpable excitement with the event, having sold out in each of its previous three occasions, now regarded as one of the key races in the northern calendar.
Part of the highly popular Jane Tomlinson Run for All series, the marathon takes in some of York's splendid historic sites and scenic country lanes. The big race takes runners from Heslington campus, part of the University of York, with the scenic course moving through Walmgate Bar, Parliament Street and St Helen's Square.
The launch coincided with general entries now opening for prospective runners, with organisers once again anticipating a sell out field of 4,000 competitors. Last year’s race once again proved the marathon’s soaring status with fantastic support and an impressive showing from Edwin Korir, who secured victory for the second time in three years with a time of 2:15:06.
The marathon is part of the lasting legacy of Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer. Kim Seddon, fundraising officer for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “The Yorkshire Marathon is a fantastic fundraiser and a brilliant event to be part of. The incredible amounts raised by our marathon runners make an enormous difference to The Appeal.”
“We provide plenty of support to those who take on this amazing challenge in aid of The Appeal, including a free marathon training day and exclusive hospitality on event day. We’re already looking forward to this year’s marathon and can’t wait to welcome more runners to the 2016 Appeal Team!”
More information is available here.