Yorkshire Marathon set to attract thousands

Image credit: The Yorkshire Marathon
Image credit: The Yorkshire Marathon

The 2016 Yorkshire Marathon will take place on Sunday 9th October, beginning and ending near the University of York campus.

First held in 2013, the Yorkshire Marathon attracts thousands of runners each year. The marathon stretches 26.2 miles across York and the surrounding area. It has been described by the Daily Mirror as the “Number 1 alternative” London Marathon.

Beginning at 9:30am, runners will depart from the University of York’s campus and run into the city, passing York Minster and heading north-east to Heworth. Following Stockton Lane, runners will pass through Stockton on the Forest and head on to Sand Hutton.

Heading southward to Stamford Bridge, the marathon heads back toward York. The marathon ends with a last stretch through Osbaldwick, finishing at the university campus. A map of the route can be found here.

Road closures will begin from 10:00am on Saturday 8th, lasting until 06:00am on Monday 10th. A full list of the roads and lanes affected can be found using the following link.

Ray Matthews will begin the 2016 marathon. Mr. Matthews, aged seventy-five, ran seventy-five marathons in seventy-five days. The oldest runner of the marathon will be Jean Snelling, aged eighty, taking part in the Yorkshire 10 Mile.

The 2016 marathon winner is expected to cross the finish line at approximately 11:45am, two and a quarter hours after starting. The fastest runner of the 2015 marathon, Edwin Korir, completed the route in two hours, fifteen minutes and six seconds. The fastest female runner, Joasia Zakrzewski, finished the route in two hours, forty-eight minutes and forty-eight seconds. Further results of the 2015 marathon can be found here.

This year’s marathon is sponsored by Plusnet. Andy Baker, the CEO of Plusnet, said:

“We’re delighted to once more be sponsoring the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. It’s so inspiring to see runners of all abilities taking part and achieving personal goals whilst raising money for some amazing causes.

We know how much it means to each and every runner taking part and are happy that our support allows people to commemorate the day with an engraved medal free of charge.

We’re looking forward to the day and wish all those taking part the very best of luck”.

Professor Koen Lamberts, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, added:

“We are extremely proud to host the Yorkshire Marathon for a fourth year and make our excellent facilities available to everyone involved.

We are delighted to be a partner of an event which, through the events of the runners, raises a great deal of money for some outstanding local causes. We look forward to welcoming everyone on October 9th”.

If you require further information about the marathon, contact 0113 826 7771.

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Jack Harvey

Alumni & Public Relations Officer at The Yorker
Comment and Politics Editor 2015/2016, Editor 2016/2017, Alumni & Public Relations Officer 2017/2018 and acting, 2018/2019. Waiting to graduate with MA in Philosophy at University of York in 2019.