Your August 2017 Yorkshire Marathon newsletter


Cari’s on course to make her marathon debut in York

Overweight, unfit and unable to run a mile, running a marathon was a distant dream for Cari Llewelyn Jones. Now the 27-year-old NHS worker has caught the running bug and the dream is about to become reality.

What inspired you to enter the event?

I entered this event as it's always been on my bucket list to do a marathon, even back when I couldn't run 1 mile. I had years of having a terrible level of fitness and I was obese. Completing a marathon is going to be a way to show myself just how far I've come. 

I'm running for The Throat Cancer Foundation (in memory of my Dad) and Crohn's and Colitis UK (on behalf of my Boyfriend and Mum). I did a 10k last summer and I think I just caught the running bug. I love the buzz I have at the end of a run.

Will this be your first event?

No, I have taken part in running events before - 5ks and then I started doing 10ks. This will, however, be my first ever marathon! 

Why the Yorkshire Marathon?

I chose this marathon as it's in my hometown. There's no better way to enjoy it than doing a good run for a good cause. I love York and I love living here.

How is your training going and do you have any routines or tips to keep yourself motivated?

My training is going well. My top tip is if you're injured, rest up -  don't set yourself back. Also, invest in a good pair of shoes and some good running trousers/leggings/shorts.

I'm feeling a bit nervous as it's my first time and hoping I can get across that finish line!

Have you set yourself any goals for the Yorkshire Marathon?

I would be thrilled to get under 5 hours, but anything around the 5-hour mark would make me extremely happy as a first-time marathon runner. I've set myself the target of £400 to raise for my selected charities, this would match what I raised for my last race, which was a 10k. I'm hoping everyone's feeling generous! 

Cari’s fundraising efforts can be supported at




Relive your marathon highlights on television

You can look forward to reliving your Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon experience as the event is once again to be featured on television.

Dream Team Television will capture the sights, sounds and colour of the run for a special highlights programme to be screened on Channel 4. It will be hosted by former Olympic athlete Katharine Merry and TV presenter Kevin Harris.

Broadcast dates and time will be confirmed nearer race day.



Volunteers needed

There’s now less than two months to go to the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and volunteering opportunities are still available for non-runners who want to be involved with the big day.

Roles available include marshalling, staffing the baggage tents, handing out medals and goody bags and helping at water stations.

Volunteers are vital to the success of the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon. Along with carrying out key jobs, their encouragement for the runners, courtesy towards spectators and positive attitude ensures the day is an enjoyable experience for all involved.

If you know anyone who might be interested, they can register and get more details at



Transport now on sale

To help make your journey to the start line as stress-free and as simple as possible, we are pleased to say that tickets are now available for our Yorkshire Marathon Festival Park and Run service.

Whether you’re travelling on your own, with friends or with the whole family we have a Yorkshire Marathon Festival travel service to suit you.

Explore our Park and Run and spectator ticket options here – and book your space now.

Tickets are limited, so move fast to secure the time slots you want.


Corporate relay – the friendly way to tackle those 26.2 miles

The Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay is an integral part of the hugely-popular Yorkshire Marathon – allowing groups of friends or colleagues to experience the incredible atmosphere of a marathon event while tackling a shorter, more manageable distance.

The relay - on Sunday 8th October – will see teams of six take on the beautiful and ancient streets of York and surrounding villages in a battle to claim the bragging rights as fastest team in the tournament.

Open to business professionals, sports clubs, groups of friends or associations, the contest is a great way of boosting morale, promoting teamwork, networking, or just rewarding yourselves!

Relay distances vary - making the run both accessible and fun for runners of all abilities. 

Entry includes branded T-shirts for your team to take part in, exclusive hospitality on the day (food and refreshments) in a specific venue and a unique goody bag. Click here to enter.


Pace Yourself!

Here’s an opportunity to get your hands on a great Pace Pocket that could help you hit your race target.

Pace Pockets are fabric wristbands with a handy storage pocket for all your race essentials, such as keys, cards, cash or gels, and are printed with your choice of mile split times for your race target.

In partnership with Run For All, Pace Pockets have produced an excellent range of custom Yorkshire Marathon, 10 mile and souvenir Pace Pockets with the race logo and in the official race colours for you to use at the event.

For the marathon, target times range from 2hr 45m to 5hr 30m and for the 10 mile event from 1hr to 2hrs.  In addition, they have created just a handy souvenir pocket for those who just want to enjoy the event and not stress about target times - it is still a great pocket for your car or hotel key.

Since launching in April Pace Pocket have sold throughout the world and helped scores of happy runners reach their goals.  Indeed one of the firm’s founders will be proudly wearing his for the Yorkshire Marathon. See here for a video showing them in action

To pre-order now for just £5 go to Up & Running at


Something for your kit bag

Every athlete has their own specific kit essentials, everything from lucky socks to favourite sunglasses but one item that should be in every kit bag is a can of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei. Naturally isotonic it is proven to aid recovery and help the body refuel after exercise, making it quick and simple to work into your post training or event routine.  Packed full of B-vitamins and minerals, it will help you celebrate your achievement at the Yorkshire Marathon this October with friends and family.  If you want to learn more about the isotonic benefits of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei then head to






 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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