250 eager participants took part in the sell-out 10 kilometre fun run on Sunday 26 August and there was no doubt why a place in the race was in such demand, with a trail of mouth-watering treats along the route in the North Yorkshire countryside.
The route had been planned by Visit Malton Community Interest Company (CIC), which also organises the Malton Food Lovers Festival, Street Food Sundays, the monthly food markets and the upcoming Harvest Food Festival to name but a few.
Famed for its food credentials, the organisers of the Marathon Du Malton took inspiration from the Marathon Du Medoc; an event that takes place every year in France’s wine region – attended by around 10,000 participants in fancy dress embracing a 26.2-mile run accompanied by a feast of cheese, wine, oysters and the rest of the season’s finest produce.
The race started with a shot of wine from the Medoc region, courtesy of Maison Du Vin.
Tom Naylor-Leyland, director of Visit Malton CIC, said: “We are absolutely thrilled, our very first Marathon Du Malton was a sell-out success.
“We have been inundated with requests from even more interested participants, so are already in the planning stages to bring a bigger Marathon Du Malton back next year!
“We are proud to have established Malton as Yorkshire’s Food Capital, renowned far and wide as the place to enjoy quality food and drink in the region.
“We are constantly looking for fun and exciting ways to showcase the talented producers within this beautiful town – Marathon Du Malton certainly did that.”