STAFF from phone and broadband provider, Plusnet, will pound the streets of York later this year as they take on the challenge to run the city's marathon.

The 11 runners will line up as part of the 7,000-strong field to run 26.2 miles in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday, October 12. The team will be taking on the challenge to raise funds for the company's chosen charity of the year, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Despite this being only the second time this event has taken place, all running places sold out within hours.

The run takes participants past some of York's historic sites and along scenic country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities.

Julian Walshaw, a sales and retention advisor whon last year's marathon in four hours and eight minutes, is running again this year.

He said: "Well I do love a challenge, so after last year's fantastic experience I'm more than happy to put myself through it again and beat my personal best. To top it off, it's a great charity this year so it's a win for everyone."

Chris Pettitt, a first-time marathon runner and part of the digital care team at Plusnet, said: "First off, I've never run a marathon before, or even a half marathon, so it should be quite interesting.”

Richard Babs-Apata, a technical support advisor based in Plusnet’s new Leeds office, said: “Running a marathon is something I have always wanted to do. It sounds like a cliche I know but the fact is, it’s for a good cause.

"I want to prove that nothing is impossible and to be part of a team doing something to help make other people’s lives better.”

Siobhan Curtis, legacy manager at the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “The continued support we receive from the staff at Plusnet is simply fantastic. It’s great to see so many deciding to take on the Marathon challenge this year not only to achieve their own personal goals but in the process to raise money for the Appeal.”

Plusnet’s runners aim to raise more than £2,500 for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. To support them visit their fundraising page: