Counting down the days until Sunday 14th October? Let's have a cheeky preview of the many hot spots certain to get your heart racing, adrenaline pumping and legs raring to go!
The Yorkshire Marathon’s scenic route belies the old chestnut that “it’s grim up North" and boasts everything from the architectural splendour of York Minster to delightful country villages and picture perfect Yorkshire countryside. Let's take a quick peek at some of this year's exciting hot spots!
Runners leave the University of York, which was the Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2010, and then head off to York's historic city centre. They will then enter the ancient heart of York through Walmgate, the most complete of the four main medieval gateways to the city, which was burned by rebels in 1489.
Just ahead of the two mile marker at Monk Bar – which boasts the city’s only working portcullis – competitors will pass the splendid York Minster. The minster's Great East Window has the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.
The route now heads away from the city centre and over the A64 to the village of Stockton on the Forest, which lays claim to a local landmark in its distinctive Victorian gothic-style, Holy Trinity Church. Look out for Yorkshire's favourite high-fiving priest!
Attractive country lanes take the runners on to the ancient village of Upper Helmsley, mentioned as Hamelsec in the Domesday Book. The church in the village is dedicated to St Peter and was entirely rebuilt in 1888.
The halfway point has been passed when runners reach Stamford Bridge, home to one of the loudest spectator points on the route! Stamford Bridge is the site of a famous battle in September 1066 where King Harold beat the Viking King Harald Hardrada. Stamford Bridge has had a crossing over the River Derwent since Roman times. The present bridge, designed by William Etty, was completed in 1727.
On towards the Murton Turning Point and a welcome boost is provided by cheering spectators. Another chance to high five your family and friends! You might even get a chance to high five yet another member of the diocese! Here's Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu enjoying the fun in 2017.
It’s Murton now and the field will soon cross the A64 again and head back towards the finish at the University of York. Murton Park is home to the Yorkshire Farming Museum and the last remaining half-mile section of the Derwent Valley Light Railway.
It's time to enter Osbaldwick which can trace its roots back to the 11th century and is the burial place of nun Mary Ward, who founded the institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as the Sisters of Loreto.
It's the grand finish back at the campus of the University of York - need we say anymore! Soak up the atmosphere, grab your glory and most importantly wear that medal with pride, plus, your biggest and smuggest smile!
If you're friends and family want to get involved in the Yorkshire Marathon's festival atmosphere, please check out our partner charities who may still have entries available. See partner charities.
If they don't fancy a marathon, maybe our Yorkshire 10-mile run could be a more realistic and equally fun option? Find out more about the Yorkshire 10-Mile.