Eccleshill had three participants in the Yorkshire Marathon today. The Asda Foundation Yorkshire marathon has been a monster success since day one. In many ways it’s the jewel in the White Rose County’s crown. Every element is charged with Yorkshire spirit. Since the inaugural event in 2013 the event has got bigger and bigger. Every year thousands of runners of all abilities take to its truly breathtaking course. The event is now such a global draw that spectators come from across the world to be part of the experience and add their support. A sell-out every year, around 7,000 people entered this year’s event which is now established as a firm favourite on the region’s running calendar. Also joining the runners were a competitive field of elite athletes who competed for a total cash prize pot in the region of £10,000. The marathon is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes including its official partner charities which are the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Macmillan Cancer Support, Candlelighters, The Children’s Hospital Charity, Alzheimer’s Society, Martin House Children’s Hospice, St Leonard’s Hospice, St Gemma’s Hospice and many more. The race started at the University of York in Heslington and took runners to Heworth, along Stockton Lane, Sandy Lane and Northgate Lane to Sand Hutton.
From there runners continued on to Buttercrambe Moor Wood towards Stamford Bridge and down the A166 to Dunnington and back to the University via Osbaldwick. Early morning drizzle gave way to overcast and at times breezy conditions, coupled with a great course provided perfect conditions for PB seekers today. Although their races didn’t go as planned for some of our runners, that is the way of the marathon distance but we have to doff our caps for effort. Dan Jenkins, sporting an injury following a 50 miler last weekend managed to limp home in a very respectable 3:55:44, followed by Marc Steele completing his second of three marathon in as many weeks in 4:03:05 and David Goodyear completing no less than his 69th marathon today in 5:19:00. Well done guys, top effort! Massive thanks to our support crew today hanging around to cheer in all our runners!