Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of Yorkshire’s sporting year – no mean feat when you think its rivals include county cricket, numerous professional football teams and the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race.
Inaugurated in 2013 and held every October, the race’s original 6,000 places sold out in days and participants have grown by more than a thousand more since then.
What makes the race so special? Well you get to run around some of the City of York’s most iconic sights such as York Minster and the Roman Walls, before heading out towards the Yorkshire Wolds and returning back to the city for a mega finish at the University.
The topography of the city and the surrounding countryside mean that the course is pretty flat. Newbies love it as it means they can tackle 26.2 miles without the added strain on the legs of loads of hills; everyone else attacks it with gusto as it offers a great opportunity for a personal best.
Part of a series that includes the Leeds and Sheffield half-marathons (don’t worry, you don’t have to run all three!), there are also options for those who think a full marathon might be too much.
The Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay means that groups of friends or colleagues can complete the course in relay form, each sharing a section of the course while sampling the fabulous atmosphere of a marathon race day.
A special mention has to go out to the hundreds of volunteers who make the race a possibility – martialling the route, offering encouragement and direction, they not only make the race possible but ensure it’s an enjoyable day out too.
What our editor says:
I’ve ran marathons all over the world, but there are few to rival the Yorkshire Marathon. OK, so I’m biased given it’s my ‘home’ race, but it is pretty special.
The route is lovely – ancient sights in the City of York to gorgeous countryside when you leave the city walls – and the atmosphere is bang on!
The fact it’s relatively flat helps too – if you want to bag a PB, this is the place to do it.
People who are running a marathon for the first time – the relatively flat course makes it an easier option for those graduating to their first attempt at 26.2 miles.
Getting into York and back out when roads are closed for the day can be a challenge, so take advantage of the park and ride service into town.