The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon celebrated its third staging in style with almost 4,000 runners taking part in Sunday’s (11 October) race. The event, which saw Edwin Korir secure victory for the second time in three years, also featured the launch of the Plusnet Yorkshire 10 Mile run, which made a successful entry onto the circuit with over 1,500 participants.
Part of the highly popular Jane Tomlinson Run for All series, the marathon took in some of York's splendid historic sites and scenic country lanes. The big race started and finished at the Heslington campus, part of the University of York, with the scenic course moving through Walmgate Bar, Parliament Street and St Helen's Square.
Korir, 28, was in commanding form and crossed the line in 2:15:06 with Nathan Kilcourse his closest competitor in 2:24:35, while Jackson Biwott took third in 2:31:01. In the women’s competition, Dumfries RC’s Joasia Zakrzewski took first in 2:48:48, followed by Rose Nicholson in 2:49:53 with Tori Green third in 2:50:32.
The addition of the 10 mile event was a success with 1598 runners completing the race. Seen as the ideal stepping stone to half or full marathon distance, the event saw Mike Burrett secure top place in 53:54 with Roslyn Holmes first in 1:04:02.
Charlie Tatman, event director, said: “We are enormously grateful to everyone – runners, spectators, volunteers and sponsors – who helped make today’s event such a fantastic success. The new Plusnet Yorkshire 10 Mile was a great addition to the day and seemed to be very much enjoyed by all those who took part.”
The majority of runners tackled the 26.2 miles to raise money for one of the event’s partner charities – Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Candlelighters, St Leonard’s Hospice, CLIC Sargent, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Haven, Sue Ryder and Parkinson’s UK – or a good cause of their own choice.
Those who took part will be able to watch their exertions on the big screen when Channel 4 broadcasts a highlights programme on Sunday 25 October.
images courtesy Simon Dewhurst