There was Scottish success at the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday (8 October). Central AC’s Ross Houston triumphed in the marathon while Dumfries RC runner Joasia Zakrzewski took second in the women’s race.
Houston was appearing in his first marathon in a number of years having represented Scotland at that distance at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He clocked a time of 2:24:13 and was followed by Tom Charles who finished over a minute behind (2:25:52) to take second place with Scott Harrington finishing third in 2:30:55.
Posting on Twitter following his victory, Houston admitted the last 10 miles of the race were a struggle: “Thanks @RunYorkshire for great race & crowd support. Did it the hard way (last 10 mile = sufferfest) & good battle with Tom Charles.”
Tracy Millmore (Birtley) dominated the women’s race, setting a time of 2:46:09, over eight minutes ahead of Zakrzewski who recorded 2:54 and Sara Bird who was third in 2:55:34.
The streets of the historic city were a cavalcade of colour as the runners made their way around the scenic course cheered on by thousands of enthusiastic spectators.
Starting at the University of York, the route took the field through the heart of the city and out into villages and country lanes before returning to the university and an electric finish. The race was officially started by Yorkshire legend Dickie Bird who started the first Yorkshire Marathon back in 2013.
For full results from the 2017 Plustnet Yorkshire Marathon, please visit our Race Listing page.