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University welcomes the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2013 (Credit: Simon Dewhurst)

The University is gearing up to welcome thousands of runners, their supporters and spectators in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon this weekend.

For the second year, we will host the event which starts and finishes at the heart of the campus on 12 October.

The picturesque run - flatter and faster than London, Paris, Chicago and Berlin - takes 6,000 participants past some of York's historic sites and along country lanes, making it an attractive prospect for runners of all abilities.

Worthy causes

(credit: Simon Dewhurst)
University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, said: "We are honoured to host the Yorkshire Marathon for a second year. Here at York we have a long-standing commitment to research into medical innovation and our academics are working hard to make advances in the search for novel treatments for conditions such as cancer and Parkinson’s. Our partnership with the Yorkshire Marathon, which will raise so much for worthy causes, is a natural extension of that commitment.

“Last year’s inaugural event was a great success and we are proud to make our facilities available once again for competitors and spectators alike. We look forward to welcoming the runners, their supporters and spectators to campus for what will be a great day on 12 October.”

The marathon is staged by Marathon Yorkshire Ltd, a sister company to Jane Tomlinson's Run For All; the organisation behind the Leeds, Hull, York and Pennine-Lancashire 10Ks and the Leeds Half Marathon.

Lasting legacy

Along with the other events, the marathon stands as part of the lasting legacy of the late fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson who raised nearly £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges, including cycling over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.   

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