Runners take to York's city streets for the 2019 Yorkshire Marathon

Thousands of runners took to the streets of York for the Yorkshire Marathon festival.

Sunday, 20th October 2019, 5:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th October 2019, 6:34 pm
Marathon runners make their way through the city centre for the early stages of the race.

With a 26.2 mile marathon course and a ten mile route, the city’s pavements were pounded for hours yesterday for the annual Asda Foundation event, which started back in 2013.

Conditions were ideal for runners, compared to torrential rain last year.

The course started at the university campus before heading through the historic city centre, taking in Walmgate and York Minster before moving into the rural parts of the city.

The winner of the 2019 Yorkshire Marathon - Mark Buckingham of the Holmfirth Harriers.

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After crossing the A64 bridge, runners passed through York’s quaint villages where local residents were out in force to cheer on runners.

Stockton on the Forest, Upper Helmsley, Sand Hutton, Buttercrambe Moor Wood and Stamford Bridge all welcomed participants with shouts of encouragement and snacks.

After an out and back near Dunnington the course headed for Osbaldwick and back via Hull Road.

First over the line for the marathon runners was Mark Buckingham from the Holmfirth Harriers leading the way by more than three minutes.

Euphoria as runners make their way over the finishing line.

He completed the race in 2.21:42 with Daniel Kestrel in second place at a time of 2.24:47. Richard McDowell was third at 2.25.

In the women’s category, Charlene Jacobs-Conradie was first home in 2.46:50.

She was followed over the line by Sarah Hill in 2.52:21 and Kate Owens in 2.55:14.

First over the 10 Mile finish line was Matt Kitching within the hour at a time of 53:10 followed closely by Robert Byers in a time of 53:34. Third was Bryn Smith in 53:51.

A warm welcome for a runner in the 10 mile race.

For the female runners, Sharon Barlow finished in a time of 58:56, followed by Georgina Weston at 1.33secs and Becky Plenty in 1.2:51.

Enjoying the marathon.