The race is on to snap up places in one of the North’s biggest charity road runs which has raised millions of pounds for good causes.
The 2016 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, which takes place on Sunday October 9th, was officially launched today.
It will be the fourth running of the hugely-popular event which had sold out every year since it was first held in 2013.
Places yesterday [Monday] went on sale to people who had registered their details on a pre-sale list. They go on general sale tomorrow [Wednesday 6th January] and demand is again expected to be high.
Would be entrants can go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com from 9am.
Thousands of runners will be on the start line in October, attracted by a fast, largely flat and scenic route that has quickly established The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon as a highlight on the county’s sporting calendar.
Large and enthusiastic crowds create a fantastic atmosphere and offer great encouragement to runners making their way around the course that takes in the heart of historic York, pretty villages and attractive country lanes.
Andy Baker, CEO of title sponsor Plusnet, said: “We are enormously proud to be sponsoring The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2016. What can be better than raising money for charity in such beautiful surroundings?”
Charlie Tatman, Event Manager, said: “The 2015 marathon was a big success and we received some excellent feedback from many of the entrants. We look forward to welcoming thousands of runners to York in October.”
The event is supported by City of York Council, whose Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Cllr Nigel Ayre, said: “York has hosted the successful Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon for three years and we are delighted to welcome it back for a fourth.
“This charity event has raised millions of pounds for good causes and is a great incentive for people to exercise, become fitter and help raise more money. Whether you’re a regular marathon runner or new to this distance, we’d encourage you to sign up soon to this ever popular event.
“We look forward to cheering on residents and visitors alike in October.”
Runners can opt to raise money for any good cause of their choice but are especially encouraged to support one of the event’s partner charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, Candlelighters, type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Stroke Association, Forget Me Not Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice and The Children’s Hospital Charity.
Lucy Burnett, Fundraising Events Manager for Forget Me Not Children's Hospice, said: “Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.
“We are thrilled to be joining the Yorkshire Marathon as a charity partner from 2016. By choosing to take on the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in aid of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and joining our #PurplePosse you will be helping us towards reaching our annual £3.8million fundraising target. This will help us to continue to provide care to these children and families and to reach out to even more families that could benefit from our support.”
Kim Seddon, Fundraising Officer for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “The Yorkshire Marathon is a fantastic fundraiser and a brilliant event to be part of. The incredible amounts raised by our marathon runners make an enormous difference to The Appeal.
“We provide plenty of support to those who take on this amazing challenge in aid of The Appeal, including a free marathon training day and exclusive hospitality on event day. We’re already looking forward to this year’s marathon and can’t wait to welcome more runners to the 2016 Appeal Team!”
Noemie Salvaudon, Events Fundraiser at Candlelighters which supports children with cancer and their families, said: “We are proud to continue our partnership with the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. This is a fantastic event Team Candlelighters always looks forward to.”
Caroline Hudson, Events Manager at Martin House Children’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to be one of the partner charities for The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in 2016. This is sure to be a fantastic run and a memorable event. The money raised from the Marathon goes a long way to support all of the children, young people and families who need us, through difficult times.”
Kathryn Cheshire, Challenge Events Team Manager (Running) for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Every day a staggering 77 people in Yorkshire hear the devastating news they have cancer. At Macmillan Cancer Support, we believe no one should face cancer alone. That’s why our Macmillan nurses and other professionals work tirelessly to help individuals and their families with expert medical, practical, financial and emotional support at a time when it is needed the most.
“People who join Team Macmillan in the Yorkshire Marathon can help fund our vital services and make sure no one faces cancer alone.”
Michael Connellan of type 1 diabetes charity JDRF said: “Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that requires people to inject insulin every day, simply to stay alive. JDRF operates in Yorkshire and around the UK with a mission to find the cure. We’re delighted that heroic runners can tackle the Yorkshire Marathon for JDRF – helping us to tackle type 1 diabetes.”
Sarah Atkinson, Community Fundraiser for St. Leonard's Hospice, said: “St Leonard’s Hospice relies on the unstinting support and generosity of the people of York and surrounding areas. We are therefore very grateful to everyone supporting us by taking part in the Yorkshire Marathon. Good luck to everyone taking part.”
Tonya Kennedy, Events Fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are delighted to be official partner for the 2016 Yorkshire Marathon, and hope that as many of our Team Theo runners sign up to make it better for Sheffield Children’s Hospital – Yorkshire’s only standalone children’s hospital.
“We treat hundreds of thousands of patients from all over the county every year, and every penny of sponsorship raised will help build a brand new hospital wing so those children can get better in comfort in an environment designed with them in mind. Go Team Theo!”
St Gemma’s Hospice Senior Fundraiser (Events) Becky Hole, said: “St Gemma’s Hospice based in Leeds is thrilled to be a charity partner for the Yorkshire Marathon!
“St Gemma’s is for people with life threatening illnesses with difficult symptoms to be managed. Care is offered to patients and their carers in the Hospice’s 32 bed In-Patient Unit, through the St Gemma’s community team and via our Day Services.
“In 2015, supporters ran, walked and cycled 16,192 miles which is 2/3 of the way around the Earth! With your help, we could get the whole way round the earth in 2016 and running the Yorkshire Marathon for St Gemma’s will help us do it! For more information, contact Becky on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 218 5505.”
Kelly KnightingWykes, Community and Events Fundraising Manager, said: “150,000 people have a stroke every year in the UK. 50,000 will make a full recovery, 50,000 will be left with a severe disability and 50,000 will die. These figures remain shocking.
“Stroke is one of the greatest health challenges of our time but doesn't get the attention or funding it deserves - especially compared to cancer and heart disease. We are the Stroke Association. We believe in life after stroke. That's why we campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best possible recovery. It's why we fund research to develop new treatments and ways to prevent stroke. Without support from our runners, we couldn’t continue.”
The marathon is part of the lasting legacy of Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges, including cycling over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
It is one of a series of events now held in her name, including the Leeds, Hull, York , Lincoln, Burnley and Nottingham 10Ks, the Leeds Half Marathon and the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield.
For more details and to enter visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.com
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is supported by Plusnet, City of York Council, the University of York, Yorkshire Post, BBC Radio York, Runner’s World, the Asda Foundation, LTS and Bananakick.