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Extra Six Hundred Places Available In Yorkshire Marathon

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9:18am 15th April 2013

The capacity for the sold-out Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has been increased due to unprecedented public demand.

The additional places, which will take the capacity of the inaugural event to 6,100, will be released for sale on Friday, 26th April.

As the initial capacity of the event sold out within just three days, demand for the new places is expected to be high.

Event director Sara Birkinshaw said: “We knew the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon would be popular, but I think it is fair to say it took even us by surprise when it sold out in just three days.

“The demand was so high we could probably have sold out the event twice over. Since January we have had an enormous number of requests to increase capacity. The course goes right through York’s ancient city walls, which is fantastic, but, obviously, they restrict the sheer numbers of people we can put on the route for 2013.

“However, after discussions, we have now been able to increase capacity of the event to 6,100.

“It’s great news for the event but also for the many people who missed out on a place in January.

“It must be stressed, though, that these will be the very final places in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. Capacity is now at its maximum and we will not be able to increase it again.”

The additional places will only be available to those registered on the official Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon waiting list – via www.theyorkshiremarathon.com - by midnight on Monday 22nd April, say organisers. They add that only those registered by that time will be able to gain access to the registration system when the places go on sale at 9am on Friday 26th April.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon – with a course that is flatter than London, New York and Paris - will bring a mass participation marathon closer to home for the thousands of Northern runners keen to push themselves to the ultimate limit.

Entries have come from across the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the USA and even the Caribbean.

Runners can choose to raise funds for any cause of their choice or one of the event’s partner charities – Martin House Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Parkinson’s UK, The Haven breast cancer support centre, CLIC Sargent, Candlelighters, St Leonard’s Hospice, Sue Ryder Care and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The marathon is being organised by a new company under the Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events umbrella – the organisation set up as a fundraising legacy to the late Yorkshire fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is sponsored by the University of York, York City Council, the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Radio and Capita Symonds.

Entries are now open for the James Potter Eggs Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay, where teams of six friends or colleagues share the 26.2 mile distance. For more information go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com

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