Micklegate Bar, one of four medieval gates leading into the City
Micklegate Bar, one of four medieval gates leading into the City

Discover a medieval marathon route in York

The Yorkshire Marathon packs an incredibly scenic route through the heart of York and its surrounding countryside. We explore the medieval aspects of the course that make this race an unmissable October event.

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Not only is the Yorkshire Marathon a test of mental and physical endurance, it’s a showcase of York and its countryside at its best. From the grand splendour of York Minster out to the beautiful green rolling hills, this marathon is one of the finest in the country.

See for yourself why York receives over 7 million visitors a year...

Medieval gateway - Walmgate Bar

Walmgate Bar is the most complete medieval gateway of the four leading into the city.

Walmgate Bar York
Walmgate Bar, York

York Minster

Northern Europe's largest gothic cathedral took more than 250 years to build and receives over 2 million visitors per year.

York Minster
Runners passing York Minster

Stamford Bridge

Featuring at around mile 14, Stamford Bridge was the scene of battle in 1066 AD between the English army and the invading Norwegian force.

Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge

York city walls

York has more miles of intact wall than any other city in England. They were originally built around 71 AD by the Romans.

York city walls
The walls surrounding York

University of York

Bringing a bit of modern-day architecture to this list, the start/finish of the Yorkshire Marathon is situated outside the University of York – feel the buzz as the crowds cheer you on!

University of York
University of York

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