Elite athletes set to compete on fast and flat course

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The course is fast and flat and has attracted some of the world’s top athletes.

They will be vying to take home the impressive £12,000 inaugural prize pot - the biggest of any UK marathon outside of London.

Among the athletes making their way to York this October will be John Mutai of Kenya, 25, who holds a marathon personal best of 2:11:08. The winner of this year’s Lake Annecy Marathon in France, he was also first home at the 2012 Edinburgh Marathon. He has placed in the top two in three Edinburgh Marathons and the Belfast Marathon four times.

Other male athletes looking for first place include Edwin Kiprop Korir, who will celebrate his 25th birthday on the day of the marathon. Edwin, from Kenya, finished 2nd in the Zurich Marathon in 2013 and is one to watch.

Home-grown talent includes Paul Marchant from Leeds, 40, who runs for Rothwell Harriers, who was the first Yorkshireman home in this year’s London Marathon with a time of 2:27.

The women’s title will be hotly contested by Helen Cherono Koskei, 29, from Kenya, who has a PB of 2:29:33. She was second in the 2013 Belfast Marathon and took the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon will be the first UK race for rising star Tigist Sheni from Ethiopia.

Plusnet has reinforced its support for the event by announcing it will fund a TV production of the event to be shown on Channel 4 on Sunday, November 3 at 7am.

Viewers who tune in will also be able to stop a number of notable faces in among the thousands of runners taking part in the new event which hopes to establish itself as a destination marathon.

Those taking part include the actor Tony Audenshaw, known to millions of viewers as Bob Hope in ITV’s Emmerdale, Harry Gration, presenter of BBC’s Look North and Danny Mills, the former Leeds United and England right-back, who will take part in the event’s corporate relay, which will see teams tackle the marathon course in legs.