Places up for grabs for this year’s Yorkshire Marathon from today

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Fitness fans will be able to sign up for one of the region’s toughest challenges today when the scramble for places in this year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon gets underway.

The event’s priority pre-sale starts this morning at 9am and is restricted to people who pre-registered their interest with the race organisers.

Places go on general sale tomorrow.

Launched in 2013, the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon – which in 2016 takes place on Sunday October 9 - has proved a runaway success.

Such is the clamour for places, the event has sold out every year since it started.

Boasting large crowds, a vibrant atmosphere and a largely flat and fast route taking in the historic heart of York and scenic countryside, it attracts runners from across the UK and abroad.

Athletes - professional and amateur - come from not only across the UK but from France, Spain, Ireland, the USA, Africa and the Caribbean.

Capacity was increased to 7,000 in 2014 and the event was again a complete sell out.

Charlie Tatman, Event Director, said: “A place in the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is the hottest ticket in town and, given the great success of 2015, demand is once again expected to be very high.”

The marathon is staged under the umbrella of Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All - the organisation behind the popular Leeds, Hull, York , Lincoln, Burnley and Nottingham 10Ks, the Leeds Half Marathon and the Yorkshire Half Marathon-Sheffield.

Along with the other events, the marathon stands as part of the lasting legacy of the late fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson.

Ms Tomlinson raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of epic challenges all while suffering from incurable cancer.

Her feats of endurance included her cycling over 4,000 miles across America, riding from Rome to Leeds on a tandem bike and a host of other running-related challenges.