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Businesses Get Ready for Yorkshire Marathon

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7:15am 28th March 2013

Teams are ready to have a crack at egg-citing new James Potter Eggs Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay

Scores of businessmen and women are set to have a smashing time when they take on the region’s biggest new corporate challenge.

The James Potter Eggs Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay will see teams battle it out for bragging rights to be crowned the fastest firm in Yorkshire this October.

The event, part of the sold-out Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, was officially launched today by sponsors James Potter Yorkshire Farmhouse Eggs and Celebrity Masterchef star – and former England footballer player – Danny Mills.

To kick off the countdown to the event, Danny will today be rustling up egg-based snacks – using James Potter’s famous free range eggs - for staff at the York Science Park. He also took part in an egg and spoon race with local schoolchildren and helped dish out chocolate Easter treats.

Danny, who will be leading a team in the corporate relay, said: “The Yorkshire Marathon is going to be the biggest sporting event in the region 2013 – and I’m really excited to be a part of it.

“I’ll be running the first leg in a team and I’m really looking forward to soaking up the fantastic atmosphere around the course.

“The James Potter Eggs Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay is a brilliant way for businesses to get involved – and try to take home the title of fastest firm!

“I know the event will be really popular – so businesses need to get in quickly if they want to be first past the finish!”

Director James Potter said the company was delighted to be sponsoring the new corporate event – and he and his brother were themselves already limbering up for the event.

James said: "We are thrilled to be a part of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. We are sure the event is going to be a huge success and we are very much looking forward to competing ourselves. 

“My brother Adrian and I have always taken a keen interest in keeping fit, particularly running and James Potter Yorkshire Farmhouse Eggs relay team is already in training.

“Eggs are an excellent part of a healthy, balanced diet.  They are a good source of protein as well as providing vitamins and minerals and as such a versatile ingredient eggs are a great option for someone training for the event."

The Yorkshire Bank is one of the first companies to have entered a team in the corporate relay.

Rick Warburton, Yorkshire Bank’s Head of Business and Private Banking in North Yorkshire, today threw down the gauntlet to other firms.

He said: “The James Potter Eggs Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay is too good an opportunity to miss."

“The marathon will be one of the biggest sporting events of the year, so we really want to be a part of it and the corporate relay is an ideal way for us to do that.

“Hopefully we’ll be fielding a pretty fast team so all those other companies had better watch out – we want to get our hands on that trophy!”

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is being staged by a new company under the Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events umbrella – the legacy of the late fundraiser of the same name who raised almost £2m for charity through a series of amazing endurance feats.

All 5,500 initial general entries sold out just three days after the event was launched in January. A waiting list is now operating for the event which is supported by the University of York, York City Council, the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Radio and Capita Symonds.

Jane’s husband Mike Tomlinson said: “General entries for The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon sold out in an amazing three days so we know there is a huge amount of interest in the event.

“The corporate relay will bring a whole new dimension to the marathon and is a great opportunity for businesses to get involved in what will be one of the major days in the North’s sporting event calendar for 2013.”

Entry into the James Potter Eggs Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay is £300 for a team of six. Among the many benefits company teams will receive are:

  • Dedicated race day hospitality in a designated corporate area
  • Coach transfers to your changeover point
  • Unique race day T-shirts – emblazoned with your company’s name
  • Special finisher’s medals for corporate relay runners
  • Complimentary refreshments and snacks
  • A VIP goody bag to take home

Relay distances range from 2.5 to 6 miles – making the run both accessible and fun for runners of all abilities.

For more information or to enter a team go to www.theyorkshiremarathon.com


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