York marathon sells out

Emma Johnson, of St Leonard’s Hospice, who is urging marathon  runners to raise money for the hospice

Emma Johnson, of St Leonard’s Hospice, who is urging marathon runners to raise money for the hospice

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ALL the places for York’s first marathon have been snapped up within three days as tourism bosses predict the event will bring £1.5 million to the city.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon was launched on Tuesday and 5,500 places have now gone for the race which will take place in York and the surrounding villages.

The event hit its initial capacity of 5,000 by Thursday and, following discussions over health and safety, a further 500 places were released which all sold by yesterday afternoon. Discussions are under way to increase the final number of runners to 6,000.

The city’s tourism chiefs have predicted the marathon – organised under the Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events umbrella – will be a huge boost to York’s hotels, restaurants and shops, bringing an “additional spend” of £1.5 million.

Mike Tomlinson, who heads the organisation bearing his late wife’s name, said the support was “humbling”.

“We’re well on the way to making it the biggest marathon in the North,” he said.

The marathon, which will be held on October 20, was launched on Tuesday by a host of famous Yorkshire faces including Dickie Bird, Chris Kamara and Hannah Cockroft.

It is being organised as part of a fundraising legacy to Jane, who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling endurance challenges despite having incurable cancer. Mr Tomlinson said York was an apt choice as his wife had loved the city.

Gillian Cruddas, Visit York’s chief executive, said the quick sale of spaces demonstrated York’s global appeal.

“With 5,000 places and early estimates of around 15,000 spectators, possibly more, the economic benefits will be in excess of a £1m boost for tourism.

“Putting an accurate figure on the economic impact isn’t easy at this stage but we would estimate additional spend in the city will exceed £1.5 million.”

Prof Colin Mellors, pro-vice-chancellor for business and community at the University of York, which will be the start and finish point for the race and a partner businesses of the event, agreed it would have a major boost for local communities and regional businesses as participants and spectators would need accommodation, food and transport.

“The benefits will be more widely shared by many deserving causes reaping direct financial benefit from the event. Less measurable is the broader impact and legacy of such events. Spirits can be lifted alongside a real sense of pride, commitment and motivation.”

People who want to be put on a waiting list for the marathon should register their details on the www.theyorkshiremarathon.com website.

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4:25pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

It'll be a great event I'm sure. One small worry I had was that part of the route near Stamford Bridge travels along a minor road that has been closed for flooding recently. October is a notorious month for floods on the River Derwent.

Great cause though, Good luck to all.
It'll be a great event I'm sure. One small worry I had was that part of the route near Stamford Bridge travels along a minor road that has been closed for flooding recently. October is a notorious month for floods on the River Derwent. Great cause though, Good luck to all. Garrowby Turnoff
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4:50pm Fri 11 Jan 13

snugglebunny says...

Talk about marathon ! it's a marathon journey getting up Clifton Bridge tonight.It would be quicker running.
Who had the mad idea of no right turn down Boroughbridge road ?
It's only 2 minutes since they did the gas work.No doubt some well paid council body on flexi time who is long time home by now is behind it.
Madness !
Talk about marathon ! it's a marathon journey getting up Clifton Bridge tonight.It would be quicker running. Who had the mad idea of no right turn down Boroughbridge road ? It's only 2 minutes since they did the gas work.No doubt some well paid council body on flexi time who is long time home by now is behind it. Madness ! snugglebunny
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5:03pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Platform9 says...

I wondered what the problem was?. Took me 35mins to get from Clifton Green to the Leeman Road turn off - then only took 5 mins to get from there to Ouse Bridge.
I wondered what the problem was?. Took me 35mins to get from Clifton Green to the Leeman Road turn off - then only took 5 mins to get from there to Ouse Bridge. Platform9
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7:41pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Paul Meoff says...

Quicker by bike.
Quicker by bike. Paul Meoff
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2:02pm Tue 15 Jan 13

alfie says...

Smug do-gooders, your forest gump style runs around York wont save the world I am afraid.
Smug do-gooders, your forest gump style runs around York wont save the world I am afraid. alfie
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10:54am Tue 22 Jan 13

diegodavoman says...

I'm so glad that while we're all running and doing good smuggly, Alfie will be on hand to save the world should the need arise.
Thankyou Alfie.
I'm so glad that while we're all running and doing good smuggly, Alfie will be on hand to save the world should the need arise. Thankyou Alfie. diegodavoman
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