Summer date for Wakefield’s first marathon

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Wakefield’s first ever marathon will take place this summer.

More than 400 people have already signed up to take part in the event, which also includes a half-marathon and fun run.

Organiser Wane Law from Huddersfield-based events company Team OA, said: “The idea exploded from nothing.”

Mr Law 43, said there had already been an overwhelming amount of interest in the marathon ahead of the official launch.

He said: “We’ve had four or five entries a day.”

And on Sunday he is hoping to test the marathon’s route.

The organising team has received confirmation from the National Trust that they can use Nostell Priory as an events centre on the day of the marathon.

The multi-terrain courses are planned to start in the grounds of Nostell Priory. The half-marathon route will involve one loop around the surrounding countryside and the full marathon runners will complete two.

Mr Law said: “We want it to be family-friendly and, cater for the whole family,”

Spaces will be limited to 1,000 runners.

Mr Law said: “We want to make it personal, there’s no personalisation to runs with four to five thousand people.”

As well as offering an intimate sporting event, Mr Law added that he is hoping to attract volunteers to man the water stations dotted throughout the course and in turn, he will donate money to charities of the volunteer’s choice.

The marathon is planned to take place on Sunday, June 29.

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