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Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon TV Highlights

October 17th, 2014 at 09:05 by Chris Parr

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

Although the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon has finished for another year, that doesn’t mean you can’t relive the fun and excitement of the day. This Sunday at 7am on Channel 4 you’ll be able to watch highlights of the race that York Mix say is now the world’s best marathon.

With an international field of runners taking part along the crowd lined streets of York the race was a success for the runners and the charities that many chose to sponsor. With elite runners from around the world the field was full of top class athletes, including Boniface Kongin and Cosmos Kigen, from Kenya.

Keep your eyes open for the celebrities taking part, from Matt Dawson starting the race to Emmerdale star Tony Audenshaw and former England international Danny Mills participating in the race and relay. Our very own Plusnet Joe was also at the race, encouraging the runners and talking to the crowds.

Matt Dawson starting the race

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Congratulations – You did it!

October 13th, 2014 at 14:40 by Chris Parr

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

The second Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon took place yesterday around the streets of York and once again the race was a huge success.

With an increase in the number of runners this year the event was already bigger than last year’s inaugural Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon and city’s historic streets were alive with colour and noise as the international field made its way through the heart of York and into the surrounding countryside and villages.

First across the finish line was Boniface Kongin from Kenya, who won the men’s race in 2:13:59, followed by Cosmas Kigen in second place and Mathew Kiprotich in third. Shona Fletcher was the first woman home in 2:43:38 followed by Bayrush Shiferaw with Joasia Zakrzewski taking third place.

With 7,000 runners taking to the start line this year we had competitors ranging in age from 18-76, with 15 celebrating their birthdays at the race.


start line

Plusnet Motivation

To give the runners an extra boost as they took to the course, Plusnet hosted motivational areas across the course to encourage the crowds out on the streets to show their support. These areas included: souvenir photo opportunities, free hot drinks, a Minster FM roadshow and crowd bangers in order to make some noise as the runners arrived.

Motivation stations



Meanwhile, all race finishers had the opportunity to get their medal engraved, courtesy of Plusnet.


Andy Baker, CEO of Plusnet said:

“It was overwhelming to see so many people pushing themselves to the absolute limit, to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. Plusnet is really proud to be part of the Yorkshire community so to be involved in such an amazing event, showcasing the very best of human endeavour in this county, is an true honour. We’re looking forward to next year’s event already!”

Throughout the day runners and spectators were encouraged to share their pictures across Twitter using #PYM2014selfie, take a look to see some of the great pictures from around the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon.


The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon attracted a host of celebrities, including Matthew Burton of Educating Yorkshire, former England footballer Danny Mills and BBC Look North’s Harry Gration and Amy Garcia.

Matt Dawson

Matt Dawson, former England rugby international joined the Plusnet team to start the race and met people all around the course, taking pictures with as many people as he could.

Matt Dawson

The Plusnet Runners

Alongside the rest of the field, we had some of our own Plusnet staff taking on the course. Some took part in the full race, with Julian Walshaw commenting:

“Yesterday was one of my greatest achievements, the crowd and the organisation was first class. After being injured for 3 months, 9 weeks ago one of my colleagues challenged me that I wouldnt finish in less than 4hrs, I finished in 3:38:34.”

Plusner Runners

Other Plusnet staff took part in the corporate relay, with Plusnet entering two teams of runners. Our teams did a fantastic job and finished in 9th and 28th places out of the near 70 strong relay field.

The world’s best marathon?

York Mix seem to think so, and we’d certainly agree with their 15 reasons why the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon is now the world’s best.

Don’t just take our word for it, come down and join in the fun next year to see for yourself.

Next year’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon takes place on Sunday October 11th and to be in with the best possible chance of securing a place join the priority pre-sale list which is now open. Go to for full details and to register.


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October 10th, 2014 at 11:21 by Chris Parr

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The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014 is just around the corner

October 10th, 2014 at 09:07 by Chris Parr

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

In just 2 days the second Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon takes place on the streets in and around York. Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and we’re going to build on that this year, with more runners, more support and a special prize draw for those in attendance.

The elite runners

Last year’s race was won by Edwin Korir in a great time 2:13:31. Amongst those hoping to follow in his footsteps are elite runners Girma Assefa from Ethiopia and Cosmas Kigen from Kenya.  Both of these runners are taking part in their first races in the UK and are looking forward to challenging at the front of the field.

Alongside these world class athletes we have a group of our own Plusnet staff taking to the course, with some taking part in the full marathon and others representing Plusnet in the Northern Gas Networks corporate relay.

We’ll be posting a round-up of events early next week, so check back on Monday to see how the runners performed.

Come show your support

To push the runners on we want YOU to come out and show your support.  We’ll have spectator zones, entertainment and photo booths around the course as well as inflatable bangers to make some noise to cheers the runners on! There are Plusnet motivation stations at Dunnington and a Minster FM roadshow at St Sampsons Square if you want to get involved in the entertainment around the event. If you’re in the York area, come on down this Sunday and cheer the runners on, you can see what’s on around the course on the map below.


Are you running, or know someone who is? Show your support by coming along on Sunday. Share this post using the buttons below and let’s make the 2014 Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon the best event it can be.


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