Runners gear up for the milestone fifth Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Thousands of runners will hit the streets of York on Sunday 8th October to help one of Yorkshire’s biggest charity road races celebrate a special milestone.

It will be the fifth running of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, an event which has sold out every year since its 2013 launch and is now firmly established as a highlight on the county’s sporting calendar.

More than 7,000 people entered this year’s marathon – and they will be joined by over 4,000 participants in the Yorkshire 10 Mile, which has proved extremely popular since its launch in 2015.

Starting just after the marathon, it provides runners with an opportunity to experience the excitement, colour, enthusiastic crowds and vibrant atmosphere of marathon race day while tackling a more manageable 10 miles.

In addition, scores of team have entered the Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay. The challenge splits the 26.2 miles into six legs of between three and six miles, making it accessible to runners of all abilities, and is open to companies, sports clubs, groups of friends and other organisations all hoping to lift the title of “fastest team in the race”.

The marathon is staged under the umbrella of Jane Tomlinson's Run For All, the group behind the popular Asda Foundation 10K Series, the Leeds Half Marathon and the Sheffield Half Marathon.

These events, along with the marathon, stand as part of the lasting legacy of the late fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges, including cycling over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

The races will be officially started by ‘Mr Yorkshire’ Dickie Bird OBE who started the first Yorkshire Marathon back in 2013.

Among those lining up to tackle the 26.2 miles will be former Leeds Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield, who is taking on the challenge to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which supports children’s and cancer charities.

It will be the latest in a series of charity endurance events the seven-times Grand Final winner has taken on since his playing days came to an end. Earlier this year he completed the London Marathon in 3:30:53, was part of a team that conquered the 3 Peak Challenge – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – in aid of the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund and in 2016, he ran the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K to raise money for the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

Kevin said: “I’m delighted to be supporting the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Jane was a truly inspirational figure who showed what can be achieved if you have the spirit and determination. It’s an honour to be running for the Appeal established in her name.”

Paralympian Jade Jones and her fiancé Callum Hall will be among a group of wheelchair racers battling to cross the finish line first.

The widow of rugby league player Danny Jones, who died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game, is running the Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay to raise money for the charity established in his memory.

Lizzie Jones and a group of her friends are taking part in aid of the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, which helps community rugby league clubs and junior teams purchase potentially life-saving defibrillators.

Elite athletes in the field will be competing for a total cash prize pot of £10,000, with former winners and runners up lining up to take another shot at the title.

Steve Wilson, Commercial and Marketing Director at Plusnet said, “We’re extremely proud to show our support for the Yorkshire Marathon series and would like to wish everyone taking part good luck. The event has proven to be popular in the country’s running calendar and I for one am really looking forward to attending this weekend.”

Lynne Preston, Yorkshire Marathon Event Manager, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the fifth running of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. The support runners from across the country have shown for the event is tremendous and we look forward to welcoming everyone to York.”

Runners can opt to raise money for any good cause of their choice but are especially encouraged to support one of the event’s partner charities: Martin House Children’s Hospice, Candlelighters, Macmillan Cancer Support, St Leonard’s Hospice, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Alzheimer’s Society, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Stroke Association, St Gemma’s Hospice and The Children’s Hospital Charity.

The marathon is supported by Plusnet, Asda Foundation, City of York Council, University of York, Up & Running, Aftershokz, High 5, Viisana, Visit York, Erdinger Alkholfrei, Yorkshire Post and BBC Radio York.

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