Additional 600 spots on offer following high demand for event places
Unprecedented public demand has led to an increase in the capacity for the sold-out Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.
With a course that is said to be flatter than London, New York and Paris, the Yorkshire event, which takes place on October 20, already has entries from runners from across the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the USA and the Caribbean.
The initial capacity of the event sold out within just three days and the additional places, which will take the capacity of the inaugural event to 6,100, will be released for sale on Friday April 26.
“We knew the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon would be popular, but I think it is fair to say it took even us by surprise when it sold out in just three days,” said event director Sara Birkinshaw.
“The demand was so high we could probably have sold out the event twice over. Since January we have had an enormous number of requests to increase capacity. The course goes right through York’s ancient city walls, which is fantastic, but, obviously, they restrict the sheer numbers of people we can put on the route for 2013.
“However, after discussions, we have now been able to increase capacity of the event to 6,100. It’s great news for the event but also for the many people who missed out on a place in January.”
The additional places will only be available to those registered on the official Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon waiting list – via www.theyorkshiremarathon.com – by midnight on April 22. Only those registered by that time will be able to gain access to the registration system when the places go on sale at 9am on Friday April 26.
The marathon is organised by a new company under the Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events umbrella – the organisation set up as a fundraising legacy to the late Yorkshire fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.