Race is on for places in Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

The race is on to snap up places in one of the North’s biggest charity road runs which has raised millions of pounds for good causes over the years.

The 2016 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, October 9th, was officially launched this week, with places now available to book.

It will be the fourth time the event has been held, with previous races all selling out since its launch in 2013.

Thousands are expected to take part in the event, which is to be held in York.

Charlie Tatman, event director, said: “Demand is expected to be very high.”

Runners can opt to raise money for any good cause of their choice but are encouraged to support one of the event’s partner charities - Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, Candlelighters, type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, the Stroke Association, Forget Me Not Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice and The Children’s Hospital Charity.

The marathon is part of the lasting legacy of Jane Tomlinson, who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges, including cycling over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

It is one of a series of events now held in her name, including the Leeds, Hull, York, Lincoln, Burnley and Nottingham 10Ks, the Leeds Half Marathon and the Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is supported by Plusnet, City of York Council, the University of York, Yorkshire Post, BBC Radio York, Runner’s World, the Asda Foundation, LTS and Bananakick.

For more details on the marathon visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.com