International competition will be a feature of this year’s Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon when an England Masters team lines up against a Celtic Nations team.
The 7,000-strong field will include scores of runners taking part in the England v Celtic Nations Masters International Marathon.
The England Masters runners – aged 35 and over - will arrive in York having clinched their place on the team at one of four qualifying marathon events - Chester, Bournemouth. Greater Manchester or Brighton.
Among those looking forward to proudly pulling on an England vest are Steve Boynton and his wife, Gill. The couple, from York, secured their places at last October’s Chester Marathon which Steve, 63, completed in 3:05 with Gill, 59, coming home in 3:28.
Both Gill and Steve have previously been members of an England Masters team and are looking forward to once again wearing the vest.
Steve, who ran last year’s Yorkshire Marathon just a week after his Masters qualifying race in Chester, said: “The fact that we both live in York means this marathon holds a special place in our hearts. We both believe that to run in our in home town representing England is something to be proud of.
“We're both looking forward to training together and with our club, while encouraging others to have a go. We both know many runners in the York area and our experiences have galvanised others to try and gain a place in any future team event. Of course that can result in some competition, but good natured.”
After two successful years at Chester, the British Masters Athletic Federation’s 2019 Marathon Championships have switched to the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon in York on October 20th.
In last year’s championships, Charlene Jacobs-Conradie, a W45 category runner, was the first female home in 2:52:54, while Karl Welborn (M35) was the first male home in the championships – and finished third in the open race – in a time of 2:28:48.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events at Run For All, organisers of the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon, said: “We are delighted that the BMAF Championships will form part of this year’s Yorkshire Marathon and we also look forward to welcoming all the runners representing the masters teams.”