The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the White Rose County's sporting year. This popular and picturesque run, with fantastic PB potential, takes participants past some of York's splendid historic sites and along scenic country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities.
Described by the Daily Mirror as the 'Number 1 Alternative to London', the Guardian also rated it as a perfect run to 'nail your PB!'.
See the marathon's rating on Runner's World.
Achieve a coveted personal best or simply be spurred on by great support and entertainment around the route - The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has all the ingredients to make this an unforgettable experience. To get a flavour of the marathon take a look at the short video below!
The marathon proved a hit from the word go with all 6,000+ places for the inaugural 2013 event snapped up in just 3 days. Athletes - professional and amateur - came from not only across the UK but from France, Spain, Ireland, the USA, Africa and the Caribbean. Capacity was increased to 7,000 in 2014 and the event was again a complete sell out, with all spots being taken within five hours.
And for those people who find the idea of taking on the full 26.2 miles too daunting, the inclusion of the Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay in the 'running schedule' offers the chance for teams to get involved, too. Groups of friends or colleagues can complete the course in relay form - each sharing a section of the 26.2 mile course while soaking up the unique atmosphere of a marathon race day. Entries for the 2017 Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay are now open. Click here to enter now!
A huge army of volunteers also contribute to ensuring that the event is one that lives long in the memory. Their efforts help create an experience of which the whole of Yorkshire can be proud.
The marathon is staged by Marathon Yorkshire Ltd, a sister company to Jane Tomlinson's Run For All; the organisation behind the popular Leeds, Hull, York, Nottingham and Burnley 10Ks and the Leeds Half Marathon and Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield. The well-regarded Run For All brand has already become synonymous with well-organised, quality sporting events throughout Yorkshire and the North of England and The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is no different.
The University of York will welcome The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, hosting the event village as well as the start and finish. The Heslington Campus boasts a range of modern facilities, alongside historic 16th century buildings, and will be the perfect host for the event hub.
Travel to the event hub via our dedicated Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon park and race service to be greeted by our enthusiastic event marshals and take advantage of our pre-event facilities, including the baggage store. You'll then be guided through the stunning campus to absorb the atmosphere at the start on University Road. The marathon starts at 9.30am.
You're sure to be cheered along the fantastic home straight back along University Road to finish in triumph. Don't forget to "Do the Y" as you cross the line!
Passing through the finish area you'll collect water and an energy drink to replenish and rehydrate, and your finisher's goody bag to showcase your achievement and tell everyone "you completed the big one!" The event hub will be buzzing with lots of post-race facilities and is a great place to spend time celebrating your achievement with friends and family.
Learn about the great work of our charity partners in the charity village, collect a print out of your personal chip and split times or relax in one of the many catering outlets available on campus before heading home or taking advantage of all the city of York has to offer.
The University road postcode is YO10 5DD.
To download the 2017 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon race guide, click here.