With the build up to this year’s inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, the sponsors have now announced that the event is to have its television première, courtesy of Channel 4.
Plusnet are to fund the 50-minute highlight package that has been arranged with production company Dream Team Television and will be aired the week following the marathon. The event, announced back in January, is organised by Marathon Yorkshire Ltd. the sister company to Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All. Within three days of entries for the race opening, the original 5,500 places sold out, leading to a further 1,000 places being opened due to popular demand.
The coverage of the event is to be fronted by former Olympian decathlete Dean Macey, football presenter Charlie Webster and Olympics presenter Rob Walker who followed Ben Ainslie’s gold medal exploits in both the Beijing and London games. Whilst York’s flat route and scenic backdrop are to be obviously highlighted, Rob Walker believes that the marathon offers something much more personal to report on, “What makes this sporting event so unique is the focus on involving members of the general public, to raise money for charities close to their heart. Capturing stories of the individual runners within this splendid backdrop is the recipe for a great TV programme.”
With athletes both amateur and professional having entered from not only the UK, but from a host of international destinations including France, the USA and the Caribbean, this TV airing will be sure to spread the message further. The show will also be airing later on this autumn on BT Sports, British Eurosport and some overseas channels. Mike Tomlinson, husband of legendary marathon runner and charity campaigner Jane, said: “The level of support for the first ever Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has been nothing short of phenomenal; entries have come in from across the UK and around the world.
“To have the event showcased on television in its very first year will raise the profile of the event further still, helping us to cement the marathon’s growing reputation as one of the UK’s flagship events.”
You can see the Yorkshire Marathon highlights on Channel 4 on Sunday 3 November at 7am.
There’s still an opportunity to get involved in this year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon as a volunteer marshal. Take a look at our volunteering opportunity with Parkinson’s UK and be part of an event that is expected to capture viewers from across the globe.