For All Events announces creation of Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

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YorkshireMarathonYork will welcome thousands of runners on October 20 following today’s announcement that For All Events has launched the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.

This morning, a host of famous faces gathered at York’s Clifford Tower to applaud the event, which is being organised by For All Events, a company established by the Tomlinson family as a legacy to the late Yorkshire fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson CBE.

Mike Tomlinson of For All Events, which already runs the Leeds Half Marathon, said: “We’re really excited about the new Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. We launched the Leeds 10K seven years ago now and we’ve been thinking for a long time about putting on a long distance event in Yorkshire – and this is it!

“It’s taken a huge amount of planning but we think it will be really special. In York we have a city with amazingly spectacular scenery, but one that is also extremely flat which should make for a really fast course.

“We’re always being asked about putting on a marathon so this is for all of those runners who want to push themselves to the ultimate limit. It’s not just for elite runners, though, there will be a great atmosphere around the course and lots of support, so it will be a great challenge for people who want to come and raise lots of money for charity.

“The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon will be the final event of our year – all of our other events will lead up to this and it will be the highlight of our running calendar.

“I know it will be extremely popular because there is still that great feeling of the Olympic legacy. Look at all Yorkshire achieved in the 2012 Games! There is no doubt that Yorkshire is exactly the place to launch a new marathon.”

The event is expected to raise up to £500,000 for charities in its first year.

Runners can chose 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 and Yorkshire Radio.