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This Year's Yorkshire Marathon Is Launched This Morning.


9:11am 3rd January 2014

This year's Yorkshire marathon is launched this morning. Entries for the 2014 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon were officially opened today [Friday 3rd January].

And to mark the occasion, a giant ‘Y’ for Yorkshire took over Clifford’s Tower, in the centre of the marathon’s home city of York.

A priority pre-sale of places began today. Over 6,000 places in last year’s event sold out in a record three days.

The 2013 inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, last October, was hailed by organisers as a huge success, bringing in up to £2m for charity. According to financial experts, it also brought a boost of at least £1m for the local economy, say marathon organisers.

The 2014 event on Sunday 12th October, will again start and finishes at the University of York,

Event lead Lisa Ashcroft said: “The reaction to last year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon was phenomenal and we now want to build on that success for future years.

“We’re so grateful to everyone in York and along the route who really embraced the first ever marathon and helped make it such a fantastic experience for all of our runners. We’re looking forward to another brilliant year.”

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is also backed by the City of York Council, the University of York, Asda Foundation, the Yorkshire Post, Runner's World, Marathon Talk and Run247.com.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Hot on the heels of the first Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and the sporting and economic benefits it brought our city, we’re delighted that this hugely enjoyable event is returning in 2014 to build on its success.

“Runners, their supporters and families can be assured of a warm welcome, a beautiful course and a fantastic weekend in one of the UK’s loveliest and most vibrant cities.”

The marathon is organised by the team behind the Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All 10K series and Leeds Half Marathon, and is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised almost £2million by completing a series of amazing sporting challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

Runners taking part in the marathon are encouraged to raise funds for a cause close to their heart and especially the event’s official partner charities – Martin House Children's Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Parkinson's UK, the Haven, CLIC Sargent, Candlelighters, St Leonard's Hospice, Sue Ryder Care and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Caroline Hudson, Events Manager at Martin House, said: “Now in its second year The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is sure to be a fantastic run, a scenic route and a memorable day. 

“Join #Team Martin House and we’ll be with you every step of the way.  Martin House is the local children’s hospice for Yorkshire, offering care for over 340 children and young people with progressive, life-limiting illnesses and support to their families. 

“We are delighted to be involved in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon as a charity partner again in 2014. The money raised from this event goes a long way to support all of the children across Yorkshire who need us, through difficult times. We really appreciate your support.”

Joe McDermott, Macmillan Cancer Support Challenge Events Programme Manager, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is proud to be an official charity partner in The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. After the massive success of the first ever event in 2013 we hope that we have an even bigger team in 2014 so that Macmillan can continue to support the 24 people in North and East Yorkshire who are diagnosed with cancer every day.”

Holli Kellett, Running Events Fundraising Manager for CLIC Sargent, said: “CLIC Sargent is proud and excited to once again be a partner for The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.

“Everyday 10 children hear the shocking news ‘it’s cancer’. As the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, we provide practical, clinical and emotional support. However, right now we can only support 2 out of 3 children diagnosed.

“Run for us this year and help us get closer to reaching all of them. Plus receive support from our professional trainers, expert fundraisers, get the loudest cheers on the course and a congratulations reception once you cross the finish line.”

Sarah Atkinson, Community Fundraiser for St Leonard’s Hospice, said: “Our Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon runners provide a great example of how important such fundraising is for St Leonard’s.

“Each year we need to find around £4 million to run the Hospice’s care for local people with life-threatening illnesses and for their families – much of which comes from the inspirational efforts of people like our runners.  We are very grateful to them all!  The first Yorkshire marathon was such a fantastic experience for everyone involved and one of our biggest fundraisers.”

Sarah Tuckwell, Regional Fundraising Manager for Candlelighters, said: “Candlelighters is delighted to be an official charity partner of The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon for a second year, following the fantastic success of the launch in 2013.

“Join our Marathon Team in 2014 and you can be assured of a warm welcome, the loudest cheering squad on the course and support every step of the way from training plans to fundraising advice.

“Every penny you raise will support children who are fighting cancer, and their families, for more information please visit www.candlelighters.org.uk.”

Jess Henderson, Events Co-ordinator for Parkinson’s UK, said: “Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

“Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson's. It affects 127,000 people in the UK - which is around one in 500 of the population. Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity. Visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk for more information.”

Andy Pierce, Events Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are delighted to be one of the official charities of The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon once again this year. 

“Supporting Yorkshire Cancer Research by taking part in these events is a great way to make a difference to help us to continue our work within the region helping Yorkshire people avoid, survive and cope with cancer.”

Siobhan Curtis, legacy manager of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “We were overwhelmed by the support for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal at the 2013 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. Many of our runners were first time marathoners and put in a huge amount of effort to help continue Jane’s legacy.

“All of the money raised will stay in the region to support children’s and cancer charities, as was Jane’s wish.”

Fiona Chilton, Senior Events Manager for Sue Ryder, said: “We are so pleased that we are one of the official charity partners for the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon again in 2014. The first year of this event was such a success and raised a huge amount for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

“At some point in our lives we will all lose a loved one, Sue Ryder is there for patients and their families at this difficult time. So we’re asking you to make this year incredible by signing up for the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and raising money for Sue Ryder. Can we count on your support?”

Liz Barran, Yorkshire Fundraising Manager for the Haven, said: “The Yorkshire Haven is delighted to be involved with The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon again. Last year’s event was a huge success for The Haven and we are sure this year’s will be even better.” 

For general entries for The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com to sign up.

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