Girl power! Women overtake men in most marathons run

Not-for-profit organisation, Run For All, are honouring women runners as stats now show they are the dominant gender in marathon running.

As runners prepare to lace up their running shoes, June is a popular month for those striving to pass the finish line. The search trends for marathon sign ups show May and October have come out on top as the peak times for people to search for marathon applications.[i]

Since 2008 women have shown a growth of +56.83% and the split of marathon participation in the UK shows 33% are male and 67% are now female.[ii] These results came as no surprise as this year’s London Marathon broke records with over 400,000 people applying for the race, and more than 179,000 women already applied to run in 2020.

This year Run For All are hoping to smash records of their own at their biggest event of the year, The Yorkshire Marathon. Run For All will be hosting the Yorkshire Marathon on October 20 starting in the historic city of York. The 26.2 mile route weaves through the stunning countryside of North Yorkshire and has been a sell out event since its beginning in 2013.

Tristan Batley-Kyle, Head of Events at Run For All, commented: “Throughout the years we have definitely seen a huge rise in popularity not just in running but in those taking part. It’s a fantastic personal challenge for those who take part and great to see the growth across the UK of women taking part.  Our Yorkshire Marathon has been an exciting event year on year and hope this year will be just as brilliant, we look forward to supporting all our participants and seeing them cross that finish line.”

Run For All’s calendar of events is made up of the Asda Foundation Series which already features successful 10Ks in Nottingham, Leicester, Leeds, Lincoln, Sheffield, York, Hull, Burnley, Bury and King’s Lynn, plus, half marathons in Leeds, Sheffield and Hull, a Yorkshire 10 Mile and a Yorkshire Marathon in York.

Entries for the Yorkshire Marathon are still open, to join in please visit:




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