More runners will be able to take part in this year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon after organisers revealed capacity had been increased to allow 7,000 people to take part.
More than 6,000 places in last year’s event sold out in a record three days and yesterday pre-sale places were released with all being snapped up in just five hours.
General places go on sale on Monday with organisers predicting the event will sell out quickly.
Mike Tomlinson, from The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, said: “It is amazing that the pre-sale has sold out so quickly. It now looks certain that the remaining entries will sell out exceptionally quickly on Monday too.
“We’re thrilled at the level of interest and support for the marathon.”
The 2013 inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, held in and around York last October, brought in up to £2m for good causes and is thought to have boosted the local economy by at least £1m.
This year’s event, on Sunday, October 12, will again start and finish at the University of York.
It is organised by the team behind the Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All 10K series and is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, CBE, who raised almost £2m by completing a series of sporting challenges, despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
Lisa Ashcroft, Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon Event Lead said: “The reaction to last year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon was phenomenal and we now want to build on that success for future years.
“We’re so grateful to everyone in York and along the route who really embraced the first ever marathon and helped make it such a fantastic experience for all of our runners.”
Entries for this year’s event officially opened yesterday when a priority pre-sale of places began, with general entries opening on Monday at 9am.
To mark the occasion, a giant Y for Yorkshire, was created at Clifford’s Tower in the centre of York. Liz Page, English Heritage’s historic properties director for the North of England said of the marathon: “I think it’s a boost for both tourism and for the residents of York.”
Liz Topi, events and festival officer at York Council said the event had brought an increase in visitors to the city. “I think footfall in the city centre was up by 20 per cent.”
Coun Sonja Crisp, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism added: “Hot on the heels of the first Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and the sporting and economic benefits it brought our city, we’re delighted that this hugely enjoyable event is returning in 2014 to build on its success.”
The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is supported by UK home and broadband provider Plusnet, which recently signed a three year sponsorship deal for the event.
Nick Rawlings, commercial and marketing director at Plusnet, said: “It’s great to be back on board for this year’s event.”
The Yorkshire Post is a media partner for the event.
General entries for The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon open on Monday at 9am prompt. Visit www.theyorkshiremarathon.com to sign up.
• Entries are also open now for the Ultimate Season Ticket, which includes a guaranteed place in The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and places in all four Run For All 10Ks. Go to www.runforall.com for more information.