After the success of this year's Yorkshire Marathon, The Appeal is already inviting runners to sign up to take part in the 2016 event. With the event selling out in a matter of days each year since its 2013 launch, signing up with The Appeal is a fantastic opportunity to get a guaranteed place and fundraise as part of your Marathon journey.
If you're wondering if you've got what it takes to embark on 26.2 miles, we talked to one of our 2015 first time Marathon runners. Read on for Laura Hindle-Young's account of how she reached the finish line!
" "Do you think I could do it?!"
"Of course you can, get your entry in"
And so a brief conversation with a mum friend at the school gate became the beginning of an amazing journey meeting new friends, testing myself both mentally and physically and a realisation of what we as human beings are capable of - in this case 26.2 miles!
I'd had a place in the Yorkshire marathon in 2013 when it
began but became pregnant so got out of it (phew). The draw
of being in the 1% of the population was there and a little push
from some friends and the York Rose Runners (a friendly if slightly
mad lot who are an amazing support when you decide to take on the
Yorkshire marathon) made me think what's the worst that can
I decided to approach the Jane Tomlinson Appeal to run with them as a first marathon is a great reason to get some financial support for a very good cause. I am so pleased I did. They are there with you every step of the way not only with an absolutely inspiring training day early on to help get your training off to the best start, but with emails along the way, a hand written good luck card and VIP hospitality on race day. You can never underestimate the wonder of a proper loo before the race itself or a free sports massage and all the cake you could ever want after it. You are treated like race royalty and the Appeal Team really share in your success. They invest in you as you raise money for them and you certainly feel like it means something.
The training can be hard and does take over the weekends when the miles start to add up but it feels amazing to say "I just went out for 12 miles today" like it's a walk in the park. Every long run which is the furthest you have ever run feels like an achievement. Twitter is a fabulous place to meet like-minded individuals and get support and advice both from @runyorkshire and the Appeal Team themselves.
Remembering the day still brings a tear to my eye. It is so emotional. The crowds carry you round the course shouting and cheering encouragement but then you also get to run through the countryside and take some time to be in the moment by yourself. You'll run with people you have never met - maybe just for a mile but you'll support each other, it might get hard, luckily for me the worst I had was 2 blisters. I still have all my toenails and I ran all the way and didn't hit the infamous wall! But as you run that last two miles you'll just be thinking "I am doing it, I am going to do it, I am running 26.2 miles" and you won't be able to help but smile and in my case sob over the finish line.
Never before has the saying 'If I can then anyone can' been more true - so what are you waiting for?!"
If Laura's story has inspired you to sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your guarenteed place in the 2016 Yorkshire Marathon Appeal Team.