Yorkshire Marathon, York

Yorkshire Marathon, York


Posted 2019-09-13 by Gerri Sfollow

Sun 20 Oct 2019

It's that time of year again when the runners of Yorkshire will be fastening their laces in time for the annual Yorkshire Marathon. It's an extremely popular event and this year, like previous years, it's already sold out. But don't let that put you off as the 2020 event is already on sale. Or you could sign up for the Yorkshire Marathon Relay Team or the shorter version - the Yorkshire 10 Mile Run.

Since its launch in 2013, the Yorkshire Marathon is one of the UK's most popular marathons. Of course, being from York I've always had a soft spot for it. The Yorkshire Marathon is part of a huge and well-known series called the Jane Thomlinson Race For Life appeal which organises runs throughout the UK ranging from 5k to full marathons.

The Yorkshire Marathon route takes runners through the historic and beautiful city of York and surrounding countryside. It's also a relatively flat run, so a fantastic opportunity to get a personal best. In fact, I'm pleased to say that I myself have run this course and managed my best time. On top of this, you'll find amazing supportive crowds, helpful marshals and the all-important bling that is the finisher's medal.

As mentioned, if 26.2 miles seems a little too much then check out the Yorkshire 10 Mile or Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay option. Meaning you still enjoy the route and soak up the atmosphere.

Details for the day can be found on the website but the race office opens at 7am with start times for the wheelchair competitors at 9.25am followed by the second race at 9.30am. The meeting point is at the University of York with plenty of public transport provided and a park and ride service from Elvington Airfield.

Of course, there are two other ways you can enjoy the day. If you want to get involved without running, a team of volunteers are needed and the runners always love the route to be lined with supporters to cheer them on.

So whether you fancy joining the run for next year, taking part in one of the other races for this year OR helping to support the event, check out their website for full details.

So, what is the Run for All?

The Run For All series is part of the lasting legacy of the late amateur athlete and fundraiser Jane Tomlinson CBE. Jane, from Leeds, made headlines around the world by taking part in a series of incredible endurance events - despite being diagnosed with an incurable cancer. The mum-of-three defied her devastating diagnosis to complete challenge after challenge – from marathons and triathlons to ironman contests and cross-Europe cycle rides.

By 2007 her declining health meant she was unable to take part in any more extraordinary undertakings. However, using the money she raised on her epic American adventure, Jane was able to sow the seeds for the Run For All Leeds 10K – the cornerstone of what would become her continuing legacy.

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