Those taking part in the upcoming Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon will be able to see their exertions on the big screen with confirmation that Channel 4 will once again televise highlights of the event. The race, set to celebrate its third staging on Sunday 25 October, is one of the most eagerly anticipated of the year with all of its 7000 places snapped up within a matter of hours.
The highlights show will be hosted by former Olympic athlete Katharine Merry and TV presenter Kevin Harris. It will also be shown on Sky Sports and other digital channels.
Charlie Tatman, Yorkshire Marathon race director, said: “It is fantastic that the marathon is again to be the subject of a TV programme that will reflect the enormous enthusiasm so many people have for the event. The inspirational stories of the runners coupled with the excitement of a top class race set in such a beautiful city as York make for excellent television.”
The event, part of the Jane Tomlinson Run for All series, takes participants past some of York's splendid historic sites and scenic country lanes. The marathon course starts and finishes at the Heslington campus, part of the University of York, with the scenic course winding through Walmgate Bar, Parliament Street and St Helen's Square.
Last year’s race saw Kenya’s Boniface Kongin take first place in 2:13:59, with Cosmas Kigen second (2:15:58) and Matthew Kiprotich third (2:17:05). Shona Fletcher secured top position in the female field in 2:43:48, with Bayrush Shiferaw second (2:45:00) and Jo Zakrzewski third (2:45:05).