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Ryedale runners put their best best feet forward
2:08pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
THE first Yorkshire Marathon attracted many runners from the Ryedale area. HANNAH BRYAN reports on the big day.
THOUSANDS of runners made history as they laced up their trainers to take part in the first Yorkshire Marathon in York.
Jogging nervously at the start line last Sunday, the gun sounded and the 6,000 runners, including elite athletes from Kenya, took off on the 26.2 mile course.
Thousands of spectators stationed themselves at various points along the route to get behind each and every runner.
The biggest, and possibly the loudest crowds, gathered in University Road to wave the runners off, York Minster and at the 14-mile mark at Stamford Bridge.
Runners smiled, cheered and high-fived the crowd who were screaming the names of each runner, regardless of whether they knew them or not.
Pickering GP Dr Andrew Phillips, who is already signed up to next year’s race, said that the sight of the crowds and his family during the race carried him through the pain of an injury.
He said: “The crowds were absolutely brilliant. I spotted my wife and daughter at various points along the way which really helped.
“During the second half an Achilles tendon injury started to play up but the atmosphere was great and it was just great that so many people had taken the time to come out and cheer us on.”
The crowds hung around long after race winner Kenyan Edwin Korir, who clocked two hours, 13 minutes and 31 seconds in his best ever marathon time, had finished to cheer on the remaining runners.
William Oxley, owner of bed and breakfast business 17 Burgate and former mayor of Pickering, said: “There were so many people out there at different parts of the course and they stayed right until the end, long after the big names had gone.
“They were shouting out everyone’s names and that makes a massive difference when you’re struggling.”
William, 59, finished the first ever Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, organised by Mike Tomlinson in memory of his wife Jane, in five hours and 57 minutes.
He said: “Strangely, it was a rather enjoyable experience and although I said this would be my one and only if the right one came up I would sign up.”
He has so far raised about £1,000 for the Macmillan Cancer Trust.
For veteran Ryedale marathon runner Tony Greene, the marathon was definitely his last.
The 63-year-old Pickering Running Club member wanted to end his running career in style, choosing the York-based marathon as his 100th and final race.
He said: “I was going to finish in Edinburgh but when the Yorkshire Marathon came up I changed my marathon schedule because I thought I just have to do it.
“We celebrated on Sunday night with a big party and we all had our medals on. I’m glad I finished at York.”
Registration for next year’s Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday, October 12 is already open. Entries open on Monday, January 6 and people can register now to have access to pre-sale places on January 3. Visit www.yorkshiremarathon.com
Relay team raises more than £6,000 for various charities
SIX runners have raised a total of £6,000 for charity thanks to their efforts in the James Potter Corporate Marathon relay as part of the inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire marathon.
The Terrington Hall Prep School parents’ team clocked three hours and 52 minutes with several runners achieving personal bests in their stint of the race.
Amanda Welch, who took on the longest stretch of the relay, 6.1 miles in 48 minutes, said: “It was a great feeling finishing but part of me felt like I was missing out by not doing it all and I wished I could have carried on which is why I have taken the plunge to register for next year.”
Other runners in the team included Sally Harrison, who ran four miles in just under 30 minutes and Paul Tate who achieved a personal best of 49 minutes and 47 seconds in his five-mile leg.
A less experienced runner, Karen Storey, who confessed to have never liked running, said: “To run in front of thousands of people was the most humbling and incredible experience. Horns hooted, music played, it was such a carnival atmosphere and unlike anything I have ever experienced before. I have raised more than £2,400 and more money is still coming in.”
Together the team has raised about £6,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research, Ryedale Special Families and Ryedale Carers Support smashing their initial target of £5,000.
Team captain John Rangeley took part in the event having nearly lost his mother to cancer, led the team.
Mike Smith, who completed the 4.8 mile first leg of the relay, then went on to complete the whole 26.2 miles in under five hours despite an injury which had initially prevented him from entering the race on his own.
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