The decision to launch a Yorkshire marathon has proven to be a highly popular one with organisers announcing that October's event has already sold out. Such was the demand for entries, 500 extra places released on Thursday (10 January) were snapped up within a matter of hours.
Talks are now ongoing with health and safety risk assessment managers to see whether, in coming months, capacity can be increased from 5,500 to 6,000. Those who wish to be put on a waiting list can register their details on the Plusnet Yorkshire marathon website.
The event, set for 20 October, is organised by the team behind the Jane Tomlinson Run for All series. Mike Tomlinson said everyone involved has been surprised by the amount of interest generated so far: "To sell out the new Plusnet Yorkshire marathon so quickly is just amazing. We knew it would be popular but I don't think anyone imagined that all the places would be taken in just three days. It's very humbling to see so much support."
Described as 'consistently flat and extremely fast' with an elevation level that is less than London, Berlin and Paris, the marathon will take runners on a scenic route through the city of York's major landmarks and into the surrounding countryside and villages. The arrival of the event has also been marked by various celebrities - including Dickie Bird and Nicola Adams - doing the 'Y' for Yorkshire.
For those interested in taking part, a limited number of places may still be available through the event's charity partners. These include Martin House Children's Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Parkinson's UK, the Haven, Clic Sargent, Candlelighters, St Leonard's Hospice and Sue Ryder Care. Runners are recommended to contact the charities directly.