Celebrities joined Mike Tomlinson in York today to launch the Yorkshire Marathon in memory of his late wife, Jane Tomlinson CBE.
Yorkshire is to get its own marathon in memory of late charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson CBE.
Thousands of walkers take part in the Jane Tomlinson Walk for All in the Yorkshire Dales.
The first ever Yorkshire marathon has sold out with 5,500 places being snapped up in three days. It is being held in October in memory of charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson.
Talks are now on going to see whether, in coming months, capacity can be increased a final time to 6,000, which would make a further 500 places available.
Nearly all places for York’s first marathon have been filled in just two days.
The event, on October 20, is organised by a new company under the Jane Tomlinson’s For All Events umbrella. Entries have come from across the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the USA and even the Bahamas.
– A Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon spokesman
We are absolutely thrilled with the response to the launch. We knew it would be popular, but even we could not anticipate entries flooding in quite as quickly as they have.
“The whole of Yorkshire and beyond has got behind the marathon – from runners, to the local authorities, the University of York right down to shopkeepers who have pledged to help support our athletes en route.”
Runners can raise funds for any cause of their choice or one of the event’s partner charities.
More than 3500 thousand runners have already signed up for the first Yorkshire Marathon just 36 hours after it was launched.
Organiser Mike Tomlinson says he's never known one of the Jane Tomlinson For All events take off in this way and that the sign-up has already exceeded expectations. Runners from Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean have already bagged a place.
It takes place in York in October and is the biggest event in memory of Mike's wife Jane since she lost her battle with cancer in 2007.
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Since Jane Tomlinson passed away in 2007, her family has carried on that tremendous fund-raising tradition, and today her husband Mike announced the first ever Yorkshire Marathon.
A host of stars lined up in York to launch the event, which will be organised by the Jane Tomlinson charity, "For All Events". Adam Fowler reports.
Celebrities including cricket legend Dickie Bird, TV football pundit Chris Kamara and double Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft have given their support to the Yorkshire marathon
A promotional video has been released to encourage as many people as possible to sign up to the new Yorkshire Marathon which is being held in memory of the late charity fundraiser, Jane Tomlinson CBE
Thousands of runners are expected to take part in new sporting event for the region later this year.
The first ever Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon will take place in October and is being staged by Jane Tomlinson Run For All Events, which already runs the Leeds, York, Hull and Pennine-Lancashire 10Ks and the Leeds Half Marathon.
They were stablished by the Tomlinson family as a legacy to the late Yorkshire fundraiser and campaigner Jane Tomlinson CBE who raised almost £2m for charity by tackling a series of incredible endurance challenges, despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.