The event has sold out every year since its first edition in 2013 and places for this year’s marathon are available from Wednesday

The 2016 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon launched on Tuesday (January 5) as the event returns for its fourth edition on October 9.

Marathon places have sold out every year since the event was first held in 2013. Entry opened on Monday for people who had registered their details on a pre-sale list and places are available for general sale from Wednesday with demand again expected to be high.

Thousands of runners will be on the start line in October, attracted by the fast, largely flat and scenic route.

Event manager Charlie Tatman said: “The 2015 marathon was a big success and we received some excellent feedback from many of the entrants. We look forward to welcoming thousands of runners to York in October.”

The event is supported by City of York Council, whose executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, Cllr Nigel Ayre, said: “York has hosted the successful Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon for three years and we are delighted to welcome it back for a fourth.

“This charity event has raised millions of pounds for good causes and is a great incentive for people to exercise, become fitter and help raise more money. Whether you’re a regular marathon runner or new to this distance, we’d encourage you to sign up soon to this ever popular event.

“We look forward to cheering on residents and visitors alike in October.”

Runners can opt to raise money for any good cause of their choice but are especially encouraged to support one of the event’s partner charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, Candlelighters, type 1 diabetes charity JDRF, Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Stroke Association, Forget Me Not Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice and The Children’s Hospital Charity.

The marathon is part of the lasting legacy of Jane Tomlinson CBE, who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges, including cycling over 4,000 miles across America, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.

It is one of a series of events now held in her name, including the Leeds, Hull, York , Lincoln, Burnley and Nottingham 10km events, the Leeds Half Marathon and the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield.

For further details and to enter see www.theyorkshiremarathon.com.