Runners from across the UK and abroad will head to York on Sunday 14th October for the sixth Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon.
A sell-out every year since its launch in 2013, around 7,000 people entered this year’s event which is now established as a firm favourite on the region’s running calendar.
Thousands more will be taking part in the Yorkshire 10 Mile, which has proved extremely popular since its launch in 2015.
Starting just after the marathon, the 10-miler provides runners with an opportunity to experience the excitement, colour, enthusiastic crowds and vibrant atmosphere of marathon race day while tackling a more manageable 10 miles.
In addition, scores of team have entered the Yorkshire Marathon Relay – sponsored by Welcome to Yorkshire. The challenge splits the 26.2 miles into six legs of between three and six miles, making it accessible to runners of all abilities. The challenge is open to companies, sports clubs, groups of friends and other organisations.
The marathon is staged under the umbrella of Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, the not-for-profit organisation behind the popular Asda Foundation 10K Series, plus, half marathons in Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and Derby.
These events, along with the marathon, stand as part of the lasting legacy of the late fundraiser and campaigner 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.
This year’s Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon will have extra meaning for local family man, Sean Coxhead, because it is very likely to be his last.
In May this year, Sean was diagnosed with incurable cancer and it is now his goal to start and finish the marathon. A prospect which organisers, Run For All, and Good Gym – where Sean is a task force member – have worked hard to make a reality.
Speaking to Run For All, 36-year-old Sean, said: “The support I have received is incredible, I can’t thank everyone from Good Gym enough and it’s great that Run For All have also helped make my last marathon possible.
“In May I was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, which has spread to my spine and pelvic bone. At the time I was given about 12 months to live, with possibly a few extra months on chemotherapy.
“My goal now is, first and foremost, to be at the start line, and then to finish. It may well take me the full eight and a half hours at walking pace but I don’t care.
“I am going out there on October 14th to prove that I won’t be stopped, cancer will not beat me. I will finish the
Yorkshire Marathon for all cancer survivors out there.”
Sean and the Yorkshire Marathon runners will be joined by a host of famous faces on Sunday including rugby league legends Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Andy Lynch. They may have kicked their top flight playing careers into touch, but their competitive spirit remains strong and each will be hoping to claim bragging rights by crossing the finish line ahead of the other two.
The Yorkshire Marathon is a cornerstone event both nationally and internationally. Many runners have travelled from across the globe to take part in the event. Not least, 73-year-old Brian Williams, father of COO of Parkrun worldwide Tom Williams, who is set to fly in from his Geneva home in Switzerland to tackle his first marathon.
Also joining the runners will be a competitive field of elite athletes who will be competing for a total cash prize pot of £10,000.
This is the first year in which the Asda Foundation are title sponsor of both the Yorkshire Marathon and Yorkshire 10 Mile. Mandy Hepworth, Asda Foundation coordinator, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon. All the hard training has been done and excitement is now building. It’s quite an undertaking to attempt a marathon and I wish all the runners the very best of luck.”
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Yorkshire Marathon event manager, said: “This run has sold out every year since its launch and this year was no exception. We are enormously grateful to everyone who turns out to support the Yorkshire Marathon and make it such a success.”
The marathon is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes including its official partner charities which are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Candlelighters, The Children’s Hospital Charity, Alzheimer’s Society, Martin House Children’s Hospice, Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice and the Stroke Association.
It is supported by Asda Foundation, Aftershokz, Up & Running, Runderwear, LTS, City of York Council, High 5 Sports Nutrition, Erdinger, University of York, Yorkshire Post, bananakick, York Sport, Arla Protein, BBC Radio York and Hertz.