Your Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Newsletter - August 2016. In this month's Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon newsletter there's some experts advice to help you arrive at the start stress-free and raring to go, details of the on-course drinks available to help you stay hydrated as you tackle those 26.2 miles, a run-down of the various transport options to ensure you get to the start in good time and information on how to enter the Yorkshire 10 Mile, should you have any friends or family who would like to join you on the big day without taking on the full marathon.
Top tips for a tip-top marathon
As the day of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon draws closer you can be forgiven a few pre-race jitters - but worry not. This essential marathon check list, courtesy of Running Bug, includes some top tips to help you reach the start line stress-free and raring to go.
3-4 weeks before race day your training plan will start winding down. It’s common to convince yourself that easing off training will erase all the miles that you’ve put in. It won’t. Keep your legs ticking over with some shorter runs and have confidence in yourself
Practice race nutrition
From gels to Shot Blocks, energy bars and bananas, there is so much choice. Try before you race and see what works best for you before committing to your nutrition of choice.
If it's two weeks before race day and you’re itching to run, a few gentle miles won’t hurt. But if you don’t want to risk over-doing it, cross training will work wonders. Cycle, swim or dance away those pre-race jitters. But avoid anything high-impact if you haven't tried it before.
In the lead up to the event try to get at least eight guilt-free hours a night.
Never underestimate the importance of vaseline and plasters. Apply vaseline liberally before your run and you will thank us later.
Check your kit - once, twice, three times
Amid the marathon nerves it’s easy to forget the simplest of things. Make sure you have everything you'll need for race day in advance and don't forget the classic pre-race kit layout photograph. Snapping your gear before race day is a great way to ensure you don't forgot anything vital.
In the run up to a race hydration is key. Drink at least two litres of water the day before your marathon and don't forget to factor in the pre-start toilet break. Over-hydration is also a concern, so stick to small sips and listen to your body.
Arrange a meeting point
The last thing you want after running 26.2 miles is to struggle to find your friends and family in a sea of sweaty people.
Avoid experimenting with your food
The week before your race do your stomach a favour and stick to what your knife and fork already know. Opt for simple and familiar carb-heavy dishes the night before the big day.
Resist box fresh trainers
Unless it’s a good three weeks before race day it’s better to save your new trainers as a post-marathon treat.
Don't go out too fast
Ease the temptation to go out like Usain Bolt, stick to the pace you set out to do and you’ll thank yourself at the finish line.
Book Monday off work
Forget heading into work the day after a marathon. Give your champion legs a proper break and rest-up properly.
While rest is vital for recovery, keeping active will actually ease your sore muscles, so factor in a gentle stroll the day after the race.
Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2017
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon remains one of the UK's most popular marathons, with places selling out in four consecutive years.
Demand in 2017 is set to be equally high - but you can move now to ensure you are first in line when entries open.
Join our pre-sale list now for 24 hours' exclusive access when entries open at 9am on Monday 10th October.
Places will be allocated on a strictly first-come, first-served basis, so registering for the pre-sale is your very best shot at a place in this hugely-popular event.
You don't need to pay now, simply register your details with us to receive your exclusive access code.
Any places remaining will be released for general sale on Tuesday 11th October.
Click here to sign up to the pre-sale now.
It’s important to keep well hydrated as you tackle the 26.2 miles of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.
There will be water stations at 3 mile intervals along the route and iPro isotonic drinks will be available at the 6 mile, 12 mile and 18 mile markers, in 500ml bottles with a choice of berry, citrus and orange flavours.
High 5 energy gels will be available at the 15 mile and 21 mile markers in 38g sachets.
Special race day bus services are just the ticket
Tickets are now available for our popular Park and Run service.
Whether you're travelling on your own, with your friends or family with the whole family we have an option to suit you.
Explore our Park and Run and spectator ticket options below and book your space now by clicking here.
Tickets are limited, so please move fast to secure the time slots you want.
PARK & RUN (GREEN ROUTE)
Park & Run service from Elvington Airfield (off the A64 at Grimston Bar - YO41 4AU) to the Event Village and back. Under 5s go free. Ticket includes 1 parking space at Elvington Airfield. Runners will be prioritised on services before 8.30am.
SPECTATOR BUS SERVICE (BLUE ROUTE)
Hop-on-hop-off service taking spectators from the Event Village to marathon spectator areas - Stamford Bridge and Dunnington.
This Gold ticket allows unlimited travel on both green and blue routes as well as regular marathon city centre shuttle bus services from York Railway Station (city wall side, Stand J) to the University of York
FAMILY GOLD ROUTE
A family gold ticket (2 adults, 2 children aged 5 to 16 years).
MARATHON CITY CENTRE EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUS
If you're parking, getting dropped off or staying in York, you can take advantage of the regular marathon city centre shuttle bus services which will be operational between York Railway Station and the event village at the University of York. Starting at 07.00am with a bus every few minutes all day, runners will be given priority to board buses before 8.30am. This service is included in the Gold Ticket.
Shuttle bus tickets will be available to purchase from the bus driver on the day or from the iTravel kiosk in the Railway Station from 07.00am.
DROP OFF POINTS
Two drop-off points will operate either side of the campus of the University of York (West Loop and East Loop), where the event starts and finishes. Once a participant has been dropped off, the driver will need to park the car off-site. The easiest place to do this is in the city centre or at the 'Park & Run' service at Elvington Airfield.
Parking for Blue Badge holders will be provided free of charge at the University. If you are a Blue Badge holder and would like a place reserving, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, address, car registration, date of birth and contact number. Please note you will need your Blue Badge to access the parking.
LOCAL BUS SERVICES
You can also take advantage of regular timetabled bus services from the city centre to the event village. Services include the First Group No. 4 and No. 10 bus and TransDev Unibus No. 44. Visit First Bus and TransDev for service information.
Still a chance to grab a Yorkshire 10 Mile place
We hope your training is going well and that you are looking forward to the great race day atmosphere, the support of the wonderful spectators and tackling those picturesque 26.2 miles on October 9th.
If you have family and friends who would like to savour that special marathon day experience but don’t fancy tackling the full distance, then the Yorkshire 10 Mile is the one for them. Introduced last year, it starts immediately after the marathon runners have set off and follows a section of the marathon route. Last year’s inaugural run proved a massive success with 2,000 runners signing up.
People should go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com for more details and to enter.