78 photos and videos which show the York Marathon 2015 went beyond epic

Race winner Edwin Korir is cheered on by Peppa Pig and her friends. Photographs: Simon Dewhurst
11 Oct 2015 @ 9.43 pm
| Sport

Blessed with sunshine, the third Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon was another fantastic affair, filled with smiles, colour and amazing endeavour.

Waved off by a start party that included teacher Matthew Burton from Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire and BBC Look North’s Harry Gration, the field set off from the University of York, made its way into the city centre passing landmarks including the Minster and then headed out to Stamford Bridge before returning to the university.

First across the finish line was Edwin Korir in a time of 2:15:06.

It was the second victory in three years for the Kenyan, although he failed to topple his course record of 2:13:31 set in the marathon’s inaugural year in 2013.

Nathan Kilcourse clocked 2:24:35 to come in second and Jackson Biwott was third in 2:31:01.

First woman home was Joasia Zakrzewski in 2:48:48, followed by Rose Nicholson in 2:49:53 with Tori Green taking third place in 2:50:32.

First male wheelchair athlete to finish was Bret Crossley in a time of 1:48:30.

For the first time, the marathon runners were complemented by 2,000 people taking part in the Yorkshire 10-Miler.

All in all it was another tremendous day. And here are 16 reasons why…

1. The great atmosphere from start to finish

And they're off…
And they’re off…

What a fantastic atmosphere at the finish line – well done everyone! #yorkmara #yorkmarathon

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2. The superb setting

3. The superheroes

4. The ballerinas and princesses

Harry Gration high-fives a beautiful princess
Harry Gration high-fives a beautiful princess
Running or dancing?
Running or dancing?

5. The fab hairstyles

6. The family affairs

7. The wonderful supporters

8. The epic volunteers

9. The great charities

Remembering the woman who started it all, Jane Tomlinson
Remembering the woman who started it all, Jane Tomlinson

The team from Martin House
The team from Martin House

10. The famous faces

Look North and Educating Yorkshire are among the celebs at the start
Look North and Educating Yorkshire are among the celebs at the start

11. The fantastic athletes

Bret Crossley crosses the line
Bret Crossley crosses the line

12. The smiles

The definition of a fun run
The definition of a fun run

13. The sense of achievement

The look that says it all
The look that says it all
Winning smile… Edwin Korir
Winning smile… Edwin Korir

14. The post-race celebrations

15. The brilliant organisation

16. And the plans to do it all again…