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All Places Taken for first ever Yorkshire Marathon in York

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2:48pm 11th January 2013

The first ever Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has now officially sold out – with 5,500 places being snapped up in THREE days.

The event was only launched on Tuesday [Jan 8 2013] but such was the demand that the race hit its initial capacity of 5,000 by Thursday. Discussions with health and safety and risk assessment managers allowed organisers to release a further 500 places yesterday [Thurs]. However, all of those had been sold by early afternoon today [Friday].

Talks are now on going to see whether, in coming months, capacity can be increased a final time to 6,000, which would make a further 500 places available. Those who wish to be put on a waiting list should register their details on the www.theyorkshiremarathon.com website. A very limited number of places may still be available from our charity partners, who should be contacted directly.

Entries for the inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon have flooded in from across the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the USA and even the Caribbean.

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.

Mike Tomlinson, who heads up the organisation bearing his wife’s name, said: “To sell out the new Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon so quickly is just amazing. We knew it would be popular but I don’t think anyone imagined that all the places would be taken in just three days.

“It’s very humbling to see so much support for the new event. We’re well on the way to making it the biggest marathon in the North. Thank you to everyone who has entered.”

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon – which takes place in and around the ancient city of York on October 20 – was launched on Tuesday [Jan8 2013] by a host of famous Yorkshire faces who gathered to welcome the event to the White Rose County.

The celebrities marked the arrival of the event by making the ‘Y’ for ‘Yorkshire’, the new symbol of the marathon, which is expected to bring in up to £500,000 for charity.

Celebrity ambassador and TV presenter Chris Kamara said the sell-out was ‘sensational’.

He said: “Jane Tomlinson was such an inspiration to me – and clearly she was to thousands upon thousands of other people. It is simply fantastic that the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has sold out – it’s going to be a brilliant event which will raise a huge amount of money for charity. I wish everyone taking part the very best of luck.”

Former England, Leeds and Manchester City player Danny Mills added: “It's amazing but not surprising the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has sold out in just three days. It’s incredible to see what Jane started grow into what it is today. To continue to be a massive inspiration is legendary! To reach out to not just Yorkshire, but people across the uk and even further afield speaks for itself. I hope everyone that takes part has a fantastic day!”

Alastair Campbell said: “To sell out in just three days is phenomenal and shows the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is exactly the event everyone has been waiting for. Best of luck to all the runners – I’m sure you will have a fantastic day.”

Jamie Ford, the CEO of headline sponsors, Plusnet said: “It’s brilliant to see this event has sold out so quickly and I wish everyone who has committed to run it, the best of luck. For anyone else, this is also going to be a great event to come and watch and cheer on from the side lines!”

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.

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, Clic Sargent, Candlelighters, St Leonard’s Hospice, Sue Ryder Care and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

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

The University of York’s Director of Commercial Services, Jon Greenwood, said: "This is a fantastic event for the city and the university and I am not surprised that places have been snapped up so quickly. We look forward to welcoming the runners, their supporters and spectators to campus for what will be a great day on 20 October.”

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “The tremendous local, national and international response to this event shows just what a wonderful attraction York and the marathon route is. Council teams will continue to work closely with the Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events team to support the marathon’s success and help it bring lasting economic and sporting benefits to the city.”

For more information go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com. Follow the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on twitter - @RunYorkshire

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