Organisers of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon have announced details of the prize pot for this year’s race with £12,000 available. This means the event, organised by the Jane Tomlinson Run for All team, boasts one of the highest cash incentive of any UK marathon.
Scheduled for Sunday 12 October, the race is already a sell-out with the 7,000 places taken in a matter of days. The inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon was hailed a huge success from all quarters, bringing in up to £2m for good causes and a boost of at least £1m for the local economy.
The 2014 prize structure breaks down as follows:
· 1st placed male and female - £2,500 each
· 2nd placed male and female £1,250 each
· 3rd placed male and female £750 each
· 4th placed male and female £375 each
· 5th placed male and female £125 each
A bonus of £500 each will be given to the first British man and woman across the finishing line. There is also a £500 bonus for the first male runner under 2:16 and first female under 2:35. Kenyan Edwin Korir romped home first in last year’s inaugural race in 2:13:31 and his compatriot, Helen Koskei, was the first female – 11th overall – in 2:40:06.
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon event lead Lisa Ashcroft said: “We were delighted with the quality of the field for our first Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and we aim to make it a highly attractive event for top class athletes. We have developed a prize structure that confirms our ambition to be among the UK’s best marathons.”