Thousands of runners of all ages and abilities are getting ready for the ninth Yorkshire Marathon Festival in York tomorrow (Sunday, 16 October).
Comprising the Yorkshire Marathon, Yorkshire 10 Mile and Yorkshire Marathon Relay, the races will see runners take to the famous streets of York.
The Yorkshire Marathon runners will be joined by a host of famous faces on Sunday including GB Paralympian Hannah Cockcroft and comedian Rob Deering.
Also joining the runners will be a competitive field of elite athletes who will be competing for cash prizes.
Look out for Ben and Laura from YorkMix Radio too, who will be hosting the Dunnington cheer point.
Inevitably a series of road closures are being brought in, both on Saturday and Sunday.
The marathon starts and finishes at the University of York’s Heslington campus. It follows a route that takes runners through the historic city centre – passing through the medieval walls – and north eastwards out of the city.
Participants will travel through Stockton on the Forest, Grange Wood, Upper Helmsley, Stamford Bridge, Gate Helmsley, Turkers Wood, Murton, Osbaldwick and back towards Heslington.
The road closures
Saturday, October 15
- University Road, in York, will be closed between Innovation Way and Green Dykes Lane on Saturday 15 October from 10am. It will re-open at 11pm on Sunday 16 October.
Sunday, October 16
- Road closures at the A166, Church Balk, Church Street, Eastfield Lane and Stockhill Close, Green Dykes Lane, Heslington Lane and Main Street (Heslington) will be in place from 6am.
- City centre roads affected by the closures include Walmgate, Hope Street, Leadmill Lane, Piccadilly, Parliament Street, Blake Street, Duncombe Place, Deangate, Goodramgate and Monkgate with these in place from 8am.
- Further afield, Heworth Green A1036, Stockton Lane, Common Lane, Northgate Lane, Holtby Lane, Murton Way, Bad Bargain Lane and Osbaldwick Lane will be among those affected from 8.30am.
There will also be a number of parking restrictions in place from 4pm on the Saturday to 6pm on the Sunday with a park and ride service offered for all runners, spectators and visitors.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, operations director at race organiser Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, said: “The Yorkshire Marathon has grown into a major event on the running calendar, attracting runners from both home and abroad whilst raising funds for some excellent local charities.
“Unfortunately, with an event of this size, a certain amount of disruption is unavoidable and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
“We will work extremely hard to ensure that the road closures are lifted as soon as possible.”