York & North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Marathon: Thousands pound race route

Yorkshire marathon runners Image copyright Samantha Haines/BBC
Image caption Runners started the race from the university of York

Thousands of runners have pounded the streets of York and surrounding areas in the Yorkshire Marathon.

Organisers of the event said 7,000 entrants had been expected to take part.

The race was won by 24-year-old Boniface Kongin from Kenya with a time of two hours, 13 minutes and 59 seconds.

The first female runner across the line was Shona Fletcher with a time of 2:43:40, coming in 16th overall.

Road closures had been in place in the city and as far out as Stamford Bridge during the day.

Roads near the start and finish point at the University of York will be closed until 21:00 BST on Sunday. Other roads were reopened on a rolling basis.

The marathon's route travelled through the historic centre of York before taking runners out of the city.

Participants travelled through, or close by, Stockton on the Forest, Grange Wood, Upper Helmsley, Stamford Bridge, Gate Helmsley, Turkers Wood, Murton, Osbaldwick and back towards Heslington.

Sunday's road closures began at 06:00, affecting roads near the 26.2-mile course.

Image copyright Samanthan Haines/BBC
Image caption Crowds lined the route and encouraged runners close to the finish line
Image copyright University of York
Image caption Runners at Sunday's Yorkshire Marathon faced foggy conditions

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