NORTH­ERN TREAT

Athletics Weekly - - Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon - En­tries are now avail­able at run­forall.com

ASIX-TIME sell-out, run­ners from the UK and be­yond flock to York to take on the Asda Foun­da­tion York­shire Marathon each year – in 2018 over 7000 run­ners tack­led this white rose favourite!

Start­ing at the Univer­sity of York, run­ners flood the his­toric city of York with a sea of colour pass­ing land­marks such as the an­cient city walls, York Min­ster and Clif­ford’s Tower.

Leav­ing the city, they then head down coun­try lanes, take in breath-tak­ing York­shire coun­try­side and pass vil­lages bream­ing with sup­port­ive spec­ta­tors. All be­fore re­turn­ing to the univer­sity for an elec­tric fin­ish.

Prized for its flat and fast course, the York­shire Marathon is suit­able for run­ners of all ages and abil­i­ties. Its ac­com­mo­dat­ing gra­di­ent of­fers great PB po­ten­tial and an­nu­ally at­tracts a com­pet­i­tive elite field.

Pre­vi­ous elite ath­letes to take on the 26.2-mile course in­clude Par­a­lympic gold medal­list Han­nah Cock­croft and Kenyan-born Ed­win Korir who com­peted for the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Korir re­mains the course record-holder with a time of 2:13:31.

This year’s marathon en­joyed high­lights in­clud­ing emo­tional scenes at the fin­ish with ter­mi­nally ill Sean Cox­head and his Good Gym team cross­ing the line, an ul­tra­ma­rathon qual­i­fi­ca­tion for a 73-year-old vet­eran and a mar­riage pro­posal – she said yes. What will 2019 bring us?

Nearly 7000 run­ners en­tered the 2018 event

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