A colourful launch for marathon ticket sales

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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.

050116   Mike Tomlinson and BBC Look North's Harry Gration with  a group of charity fundraisers  outside York Minster yesterday(tues) at the launch of the 4th Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. (Gl1008/48b)

050116 Mike Tomlinson and BBC Look North's Harry Gration with a group of charity fundraisers outside York Minster yesterday(tues) at the launch of the 4th Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. (Gl1008/48b)

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.

Competitors take part in The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, racing through the heart of historic York in 2015.'Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

Competitors take part in The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, racing through the heart of historic York in 2015.'Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

Mike Tomlinson and BBC Look North's Harry Gration lead a group of charity fundraisers outside York Minster at the launch of the fourth Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on Tuesday. (Gl1008/48b)

Mike Tomlinson and BBC Look North's Harry Gration lead a group of charity fundraisers outside York Minster at the launch of the fourth Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on Tuesday. (Gl1008/48b)

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