Sunday saw Yorkshire host what is now a festival of running with more than 6,000 participants competing across the marathon and 10 mile events. Part of the highly popular Jane Tomlinson Run for All series, the 26.2 mile race welcomed a new champion in Paul Martelletti who posted a winning time of 2:19:36, more than seven minutes ahead of closest competitor.
Ray Matthews – who earlier this year at the age of 75 ran 75 marathons in 75 days – got the race underway alongside triple gold medal Paralympian Hannah Cockroft. Vocal crowds cheered the runners as they left the University of York campus to make their way through the heart of the city and out into the villages and country lanes before heading back to a hero’s welcome at the university.
Among the 3,800 plus taking part were comedian Rob Deering, former Big Breakfast presenter Paul Tonkinson, Educating Yorkshire’s English teacher Matthew Burton, while BBC TV stars Harry Gration and Nicola Rees competed in the 10 mile race.
Martelletti, who took 20th place at last month’s Berlin Marathon, continued his fine form over 26.2 miles with a convincing and comfortable victory. Tom Charles and Scott Harrington secured second and third place with respective times of 2:27:28 and 2:28:05. Martelletti took to Twitter to comment on his win: “Stoke to win @Run Yorkshire marathon today in 2:19:36.”
Sarah Lowery secured top place in the women’s competition in 2:45:53, a substantial PB for the Sheffield runner. Joasia Zakrzewski recorded 2:49:05 to take second spot and Michelle Nolan was third in 2:54:24.
The Yorkshire 10 Mile, launched in 2015, looks set to be a popular addition to the weekend with 2,200 runners competing. Spenborough and District AC’s Joe Sagar headed what was a tight contest at the top with victory in 54:01, with Blackburn Harriers’ Joseph Monk (54:17) and Jordan Howe (54:35) following. First woman home was Victoria Whitehead in 1:02:44, while Sarah Douglas finished second (63:08) and Michelle Dorrington third (63:45).
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon event director Charlie Tatman said: “We would like to thank everyone – the runners, spectators, sponsors, partner organisations, charities and particularly the many volunteers – who have helped make today’s event such a success.”
The marathon is part of the lasting legacy of Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised almost £2m. Many of those taking part on Sunday were raising money for a good cause and the event is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.