The organisers are now informing runners, spectators, residents, businesses and visitors that a number of road closures and restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of all those involved in the marathon, 10 mile and relay events.
The marathon starts and finishes at the University of York’s Heslington campus. Its route travels through the historic city centre – passing through the medieval walls – and takes runners north eastwards out of the city.
Participants will travel through, or close by, Stockton on the Forest, Grange Wood, Upper Helmsley, Stamford Bridge, Gate Helmsley, Turkers Wood, Murton, Osbaldwick and back towards Heslington.
To allow organisers to begin setting up the extensive event village, University Road, in York, will be closed between Innovation Way and Green Dykes Lane on Saturday October 7th from 10am. It will re-open at 9pm on Sunday October 8th. Elsewhere, closures on the Sunday will begin from 6am and will affect roads around the 26.2 mile course. Roads will re-open on a rolling basis, as soon as it is safe to do so.
City centre roads affected by the closures include: Walmgate, Hope Street, Leadmill Lane, Piccadilly, Parliament Street, Blake Street, Duncombe Place, Deangate, Goodramgate and Monkgate.
Further afield, Heworth Green A1036, Stockton Lane, The Village, Common Lane, Northgate Lane, Holtby Lane, Murton Way, Bad Bargain Lane and Osbaldwick Lane will be among those affected.
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Course Director Tristan Batley-Kyle said: “We look forward to welcoming all those taking part in the marathon, the 10 mile and the team relay.
“Unfortunately with an event of this size a certain amount of disruption is inevitable and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
“We would like to reassure road users that the closures, which are necessary for the safety of all those involved, will be lifted as soon as possible.”
Thousands of leaflets are being distributed to homes and businesses along the route advising them of the road closures.
In addition, more details on the closures can be viewed here: /media/267693/yorkshire-marathon-rcp-final-rfa-use.pdf
Participants can run for fun or raise funds for any charity of their choice. They are particularly encouraged to support the event’s official partner charities, which are: St Leonard’s Hospice, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Candlelighters, Stroke Association, St Gemma’s Hospice, The Children’s Hospital Charity, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Meanwhile, volunteers are still being sought to help out on marathon day. There are dozens of roles available, from marshalling on route to helping to hand out water and energy drinks.
Find out more and register at /volunteer/