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obLIVEon wins Plusnet’s Life As A Game Competition

October 28th, 2014 at 10:05 by Chris Parr

Gaming Week 2014

We are pleased to announce that after much deliberation and discussion within the office that the winner of our #lifeasagame competition from Plusnet Gaming Week 2014 was Ian Flory with his obLIVEon entry.

Ian created the five-minute long video based on Bethesda Game Studios popular game, The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, re-enacted with the help of friends and colleagues (and his wife, who apparently let him spend so much time on it).

The video was fully deserving of taking the top prize of a Playstation 4 and a copy of Destiny. You can view it in all its glory below:

Numerous other entries pushed Ian all the way as they fought the second prize of a copy of Destiny for the console of their choice. Second prize went to Emma Barnes on her unconventional blog entry, in which she wrote about life as a game and using pictures to illustrate this.

Here are some of the other entries we received:

Fruit Ninja


Tea Simulator



Kite Fighter



Tree Swinging



Angry Birds





And if you haven’t yet watched our video that started this whole competition then please take a moment to do so:


You can read some of our other gaming week content at the links below:

Thank you to everyone who took part and we hope you all had great fun!

What do you think to the entries sent in? Do you agree with our winner?

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Receive £75 cash back when you sign up to Plusnet

October 18th, 2014 at 09:00 by Chris Parr


Starting today until the 28th October we’re offering a great deal for new customers signing up to our Unlimited broadband service. From £2.49* per month you get Unlimited broadband when you take line rental at £15.95 per month on a 12 month contract. Not only do you receive this fantastic low price, but we’ll also send you a cheque for £75 cashback.

£75 Cashback

You’ve got until the 28th October to sign up online for this great offer, just visit to see what speeds are available to you and follow the sign up process.

To claim this offer you must sign up online at

Unlimited Fibre Broadband from £3.99 per month

If you need more speed and are in a fibre enabled area, you can take our Unlimited Fibre Broadband, starting at just £3.99 for the first 6 months, £14.99 thereafter on an 18 month contract, line rental must be taken at £15.95 per month.



Terms and conditions

Unlimited broadband from £2.49 a month for the first 12 months then £9.99 a month when you take line rental and £75 cashback – 12 month contract.

£75 cashback: Cashback is only available when signing up online. Once your broadband and home phone are activated you’ll receive an email. Simply follow the instructions in the email to receive your £75 cashback cheque. Please note that the cheque will be posted to the address where you ask for your broadband to be provided.

Available to new Plusnet customers who sign up to a 12 month contract and take Plusnet Unlimited broadband with a Plusnet home phone package, for customers signing up by 28th October 2014 at Plusnet homephone packages are from £15.95 a month (including line rental and UK weekend calls).

If you live in a low cost area and take Plusnet line rental at £15.95 a month you pay £2.49 a month for the first 12 months, then £9.99 a month from month 13 (otherwise £9.99 a month for the first 12 months, then £17.49 a month from month 13).

Unlimited Fibre broadband from £3.99 a month for the first 6 months.  Normally from £14.99 a month.

Available to new Plusnet customers who sign up to an 18 month contract and take Plusnet Unlimited Fibre broadband with a Plusnet home phone package, for customers signing up by 28th October 2014 at Plusnet homephone packages are from £15.95 a month (including line rental and UK* evening and weekend calls).

If you live in a low cost area and take Plusnet line rental at £15.95 a month you pay £3.99 a month for the first 6 months, then £14.99 a month from month 7 (otherwise £11.49 a month for the first 6 months, then £22.49 a month from month 7).

Full terms and conditions available at


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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