The Yorkshire Marathon has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s premier long-distance running events. With its picturesque course, PB potential, and vibrant atmosphere, this marathon has become a must-experience for runners of all abilities. It holds a personal significance for me. It’s not just any race; it’s where my running journey began. So, it feels only right I return once more for a jog around the course for its tenth anniversary. But what makes the Yorkshire Marathon so special? Read on to find out!
A Decade of Excellence
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Yorkshire Marathon, a milestone that reflects its enduring popularity and success. Over the past decade, it has attracted thousands of runners from around the world, each eager to be a part of this remarkable event.
The Yorkshire Marathon’s reputation for being a well-organised and friendly event has contributed to its soaring popularity. The race consistently draws a diverse group of participants, from elite athletes to first-time marathoners.
The Yorkshire 10 Mile Race
For those seeking a shorter but still exhilarating race, the Yorkshire 10 Mile is a fantastic option. Runners in the 10-mile race enjoy a course that winds through the heart of York, passing by historic landmarks. The Yorkshire Ten Mile is my favourite of the two events as it allows you to experience the fantastic atmosphere of marathon day while running only the best parts of the marathon course.
The course, advertised as relatively flat, is ideal for achieving your fastest marathon time. However, there are a lot of sections with long inclines! Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or aiming to break the four-hour barrier for the first time, this race offers PB potential.
Enthusiastic spectators and the support of the local community create a motivating atmosphere along the course.
The struggle bus
The long out-and-back stretch of the Yorkshire Marathon at miles 13-20, has become my nemesis over the years. Its unrelenting nature challenges me mentally and tests the limits of my endurance. Every time I have run this I have battled this stretch, determined not to let it beat me. Each year it does! Proving it’s not just about the distance; it’s about the resilience and determination.
I love the Yorkshire Marathon medal this year; I think a fitting design for the tenth anniversary. A sense of relief washed over me as I neared the finish line. But what truly warmed my heart were the kind volunteers waiting for runners at the finish line. With a smile that felt like a ray of sunshine, they placed the well-deserved medal around my neck. The volunteers truly make this event, their dedication and support make the Yorkshire Marathon an unforgettable experience.
Park and Run Convenience
The Yorkshire Marathon offers a Park and Run option. Allowing participants to park at Elvington Airfield. While it comes at an additional fee, the ease it provides ensures a hassle-free start to a marathon day.
The Yorkshire Marathon is more than just a race; it’s an experience. With a welcoming atmosphere and potential for personal bests, it continues to attract runners from far and wide. For runners of all abilities, it’s a must-do. If you fancy an opportunity to challenge yourself in the stunning Yorkshire landscape entries are now open for 2024! Click here for more details.