The Yorkshire Marathon and the Yorkshire 10 Miler have quickly established themselves as highlights of the UK’s sporting year. Beginning at York University’s Heslington campus, these popular and picturesque runs head through the city centre to take in some of York’s historic sights before following scenic country lanes around surrounding towns and villages, and returning to the university site for a grandstand finish.

Hambleton Athletics and Running Club (HARC) members Nick Wilson and Joanne Sinnott took on the huge challenge of the marathon, while Anna Bonner and Sara Sherwood took on the 10 mile challenge, the longest race in which either of them have competed.

The event, part of the ‘Jane Tomlinson Run for All’ series, was extremely well-organised with masses of support from marshals, spectators and other runners the whole way around the two courses.

All four of HARC’s runners successfully completed their challenges and were rewarded at the finish line with fantastic medals, t-shirts and goodie bags. In the marathon, Nick finished in 04:26:07 and Joanne’s time was 05:24:48. Anna crossed the line 01:56:51, closely followed by Sara with a time of 01:56:52. Amazing efforts from all four of HARC’s runners!

Anna said, “This was a great event to be part of. The atmosphere in the event village and around the start was lovely. Right the way round the route, the support and entertainment were amazing; from steel bands to families at the end of their driveway with drinks, sweets and home-made signs. This was my first time in a big event and I’ve already signed up for next year!”

A huge well done to all who took part – another event that will surely feature on the HARC calendar for next year.

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