With the race capacity for the event reached within a matter of hours—even with entry levels boosted by 1000 from 2013—expectation levels for the second ever Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon were high. The race didn’t fail to impress, however, with thousands of runners taking to the historic streets of York on Sunday (12 October).
Participants set off from the University of York's Heslington campus, made their way past city centre landmarks including the minster and then headed out to Stamford Bridge, before returning to the university.
A host of celebrities took part in the event including actor Tony Audenshaw - Bob Hope in ITV's Emmerdale, inspirational teacher Matthew Burton of Educating Yorkshire, comedian Rob Deering, former England football international Danny Mills, double Paralympian gold medal winner Hannah Cockroft, former Leeds Rhino's star Keith Senior and BBC Look North's Harry Gration and Amy Garcia.
As with last year’s race, the elite runners took advantage of a predominantly flat course to post quick times. Kenya’s Boniface Kongin, recent winner of the Cardiff Half Marathon took first 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).
The marathon was staged by Marathon Yorkshire Ltd, a sister company to Jane Tomlinson's Run For All. Event lead Lisa Ashcroft said: "We are absolutely thrilled with the way the marathon has gone and the support it has received. Runners and spectators turned out in force to make the event a great success and we are particularly grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who worked so hard to make sure all involved had a safe and enjoyable time."
The pre-sale list for next year’s event is now open. More information is available here.