Friday 11 January 2013


The RSPCA is offering 25 runners the chance to take part in the first ever Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon which has sold out in just days.


Places in the event – organised by For All Events, the organisation set up by the family of charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson as her legacy – went on sale on Tuesday but had all gone by this afternoon.


RSPCA fundraising manager for the North Amy Smith said: “This is a chance for those people who missed out to take part, and raise money for a great cause at the same time.


“The buzz around this event, the first ever Yorkshire marathon, is amazing and I couldn’t be more excited to be able to offer people the opportunity to get involved.”


The marathon takes place on Sunday 20 October and the route takes runners through the medieval City of York and the surrounding countryside in a consistently flat, and fast, course, making it particularly attractive to those looking for a personal best. York University will welcome the marathon as part of its 50th year celebrations, hosting the race village as well as the start and finish. The run starts at 9.30am.


In order to sign up for one of the 25 RSPCA places, runners will need to pay the entry cost of £40 and pledge a minimum sponsorship of £400. Each runner will get an RSPCA running vest and support pack with tips on fundraising.


Amy said: “All of the money raised will go towards preventing cruelty to animals by all lawful means, including rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abandoned and mistreated pets, bringing those responsible for cruelty before the courts and campaigning for improvements in animal welfare.”


To register your interest please email or call 0300 123 8827 as soon as possible.