A WAVE of colour passed York Minster on a particularly drab January day as the fourth Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon was officially launched.
Fundraiser Mike Tomlinson and BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration were joined by representatives of some of the marathon’s partner charities as final preparations were made for tickets to go on general sale today. Last year’s event saw 9,000 runners tackle the 26.2m route around York, and with each year selling out since the first marathon in 2013, organisers expect the 2016 marathon on October 9 to be just as popular.
Event manager Charlie Tatman said: “The 2015 marathon was a big success and we received some excellent feedback from many of the entrants.”
The event is supported by City of York Council, whose executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, Coun Nigel Ayre, said: “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.”
Tickets go on sale at www.theyorkshiremarathon.com from 9am.