On Sunday, for the second time since last year, the inhabitants of York ran in the Yorkshire Marathon.
The marathon was established to celebrate the accomplishment of the late Jane Tomlinson who, despite suffering from cancer, managed to raise £2 million for donations by completing some challenges (one of them included cycling 4,000 miles across USA).
As scheduled, the race started at the Heslington Campus, University of York with more than 7000 participants aged between 20 and 75. The route went through a number of historic sites throughout the city only to come back to Heslington again. The roads near the starting point and the finish point had been closed before the start of the race.
The first to reach the finish line was Boniface Kongin, a Kenyan runner only 24 years old. According to the BBC news, he won the race within 2 hours, 13 minutes and 59 seconds.
As for the women, the first female to complete the race was Shona Fletcher. As stated by the BBC news, she succeeded in reaching the finish line in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 40 seconds. Overall, she was sixteenth.
According to the itv news, the marathon had its fair share of celebrities as well. Former Leeds United defender, Danny Mills, who took part in the marathon on Sunday, was quoted as saying,” When you read about what she [Jane Tomlinson] did, what she went through to start this off.. You’ve just got to put a bit back.”
Furthermore, husband of the late Jane Tomlinson was also present in York to take part in the marathon.