The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has already written its place in the record books – selling out just three days after entries opened.
All 6,000 places in the inaugural event – which takes place in the beautiful and ancient city of York – were snapped up when the event was launched in January. However, public demand far outstripped the number of places available.
Event director Sara Birkinshaw said: “We knew the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon would be popular, but I think it is fair to say it took even us by surprise when it sold out in just three days.
“The demand was so high we could probably have sold out the event twice over.”
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon – with a course that is flatter than London, New York and Paris - will bring a mass participation marathon closer to home for the thousands of Northern runners keen to push themselves to the ultimate limit.
Entries have flooded in from across the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the USA and even the Caribbean.
Runners can choose to raise funds for any cause of their choice or one of the event’s partner charities – Martin House Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Parkinson’s UK, The Haven breast cancer support centre, CLIC Sargent, Candlelighters, St Leonard’s Hospice, Sue Ryder Care and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
The marathon is being organised as part of the legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE – the inspirational fundraiser and campaigner who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is sponsored by the University of York, York City Council, the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Radio and Capita Symonds. It is supported by Runner’s World and Marathon Talk.
A limited number of entries are still available for the James Potter Eggs Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay, where teams of six friends or colleagues share the 26.2 mile distance.