Magic moments to celebrate Yorkshire Marathon milestone


Amazing as it seems, the marathon is marking its fifth outing this October – and it’s set to be one special celebration!

Since the marathon was launched in 2013, it’s grown from strength to strength, being named the ‘number 1 alternative to London’ by the Daily Mirror and lauded by the Guardian as a great event at which to crack you marathon PB.

Here are some of our highlights from the first four years.


Celebrity Starters

The marathon’s always attracted great support from famous faces – whether it’s running or backing it in other ways. Here’s the starting line-up for the first four: Yorkshire legend Dickie Bird, Question of Sport star Matt Dawson, Mr Yorkshire Harry Gration and superstar Paralympian Hannah Cockroft.

High fiving vicar 

He’s become a major feature of the event, with message boards full of posts about his heaven-sent support! Stockton-on-the-Forest vicar, The Rev Canon Terry Joyce is famed for his high-fives and runners line up to make sure they don’t miss out!

Danny Mills starts the relay – and finishes the full marathon

The former footballer took everyone by surprise when he set out to run just the first 4.8 miles of the course … then appeared over the finish line. Yorkshire Marathon TV presenter Rob Walker was stunned when Mills revealed he hadn’t trained or intended to run the whole event – but got caught up in the amazing atmosphere.

Helen’s handbike triumph

Helen Copeland thought that all the months of training for the Yorkshire Marathon had been for nothing. She fell 15ft on to a ledge while climbing in the Peak District in summer 2013, suffering multiple fractures to both legs and ending her hopes of running in her first ever marathon. But in a remarkable show of endurance, she completed the 26.2-mile course while using a hand bike – much to everyone’s amazement.

Brilliant boys in blue

It’s not just the crowds who support our runners – even the police get hands on! This picture of a policeman helping the ease the cramp of a runner was shared countless times on social media and the bobby won praise from police chiefs for his community spirit!

Want to see more amazing endeavours? Check out our short video here. Inspired? Then secure your marathon entry today by clicking here. The event has sold out every year since it started and 2017 is set to be no different.

If the marathon’s not for you in 2017, there’s still a way to be a part of it. Why not take on the more manageable 10 Mile – or gather a team for the marathon relay where you can split the distance by six.

You could also offer your services as a volunteer – it takes hundreds to put on an enjoyable and safe event for our thousands of participants. Find out more here.

However, you get involved, we’d love to at this epic event in 2017!


 It's landed ... your final 2017 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Newsletter. We announce the Yorkshire Marathon app which includes on the day tracking. Plus we'll be on the telly - again. Don't forget to book your Yorkshire Marathon transport, to help make your journey to the start line as stress-free and as simple as possible. 

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