All places in the first Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon may have been snapped up within days but there is still a way to be involved in the eagerly-awaited event - as a volunteer. Organisers are now recruiting a small army of helpers to ensure the inaugural run on Sunday 20 October goes smoothly and that the 6,500 participants have an enjoyable and safe time.
The event, the latest addition to the Jane Tomlinson Run For All series, attracted considerable interest with entry levels increased twice to keep up with demand. The race starts and finishes at the Heslington campus of the University of York and takes in Walmgate Bar, Parliament Street and St Helen's Square.
Other landmarks along the route include the Mansion House and the imposing York Minster. Runners will leave the city walls via the ornate Monk Bar and then journey on around the Vale of York and the villages and towns of North and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
As race day nears, organisers are looking for volunteers to cover a variety of roles at the start and finish, along the route, at drink stations and baggage store and in the race office. Senior marshals are also required.
Among those who have already signed up to help out are York couple Jo and Simon Arundel, who will be marshalling on behalf of children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. Jo said: "My son Reece was three years old when he was diagnosed with cancer and spent a long time at St James's Hospital in Leeds. He now has the all clear and is a typical 13-year-old teenager. I helped out at the Asda Foundation York 10K and volunteering is satisfying. You may not be raising money for charity yourself but you are encouraging and supporting those people that are."
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Event Lead Lynne Preston said: "We couldn't put on our events without the important work the volunteers do and we greatly appreciate the efforts of all those who give up their time to help us. We have tonnes of opportunities this year for people to come along and really make a difference."
Volunteers for the marathon should be aged 16 or over, although youngsters aged 14 and 15 can help out if supervised by an adult who is also registered to volunteer. To register, visit the event website.