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