"Britain's Tastiest 10K" doubles attendance in second year
Yorkshire’s Food Capital welcomed almost 500 food loving runners to Marathon du Malton.
Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton, welcomed almost 500 hungry runners to participate in ‘Britain’s tastiest 10K’, Marathon du Malton, on Sunday 25th August – taking its inspiration from France’s flagship Marathon du Medoc.
Back for the second year running, Marathon du Malton sold nearly twice as many tickets than its inaugural year, welcoming more runners to town and the glorious weather brought droves of spectators to Malton to enjoy a slice of the action too!
Keen runners and foodie fanatics travelled from all over the country to take part in the 10K race, offering local favourites and gourmet dishes at intervals around the course.
After last year’s success, the 2019 event was bigger and better, with double the number of attendees and more food intervals offering more vegetarian and gourmet options by popular demand. Runners entered into the spirit, dressing up in wonderful and whacky food-themed costumes, with plenty of hot dogs, cows, crabs, lobsters, a bunch of different fruits and even an escargot all gracing the finishing line.
Runners savoured locally sourced and produced dishes and products, including seafood from the Yorkshire Coast and Yorkshire grouse from the moors. The race started with a toast of wine from the Medoc region, provided by Maison Du Vin, as a nod to the famous and long-running ‘Marathon Du Medoc’ upon which the event is inspired.
Whilst running, walking or staggering around the course, participants also tucked into delicious miniature Yorkshire puddings with roast beef from Malton Cookery School, vegetarian quiches from The Patisserie Malton, Yorkshire chocolate flapjack from Costello’s bakery and beer from Malton Brewery. Then it was on to the woodland section with lobster crostini and Yorkshire grouse bon bons from the Talbot and award winning macarons whipped up by Malton based Florian Poirot were also on offer to the hungry race-goers.
McMillans of Malton teamed up with local distillers Sloemotion, to serve samples of their new blackberry and apple gin, officially launched at Marathon du Malton. Intervals also offered a vegetarian and vegan options courtesy of the Malton based deli, The Purple Carrot. To finish, runners were served a well-deserved tipple of Brass Castle Brewery’s ‘Life’s a Beach’ – a pina colada wheat ale.
Spectators also indulged in delicious local food and drink at Malton’s Street Food Sunday event and enjoyed activities in Malton’s Market Place whilst cheering on the participants and soaking up the party atmosphere.
Tom Naylor-Leyland, Visit Malton Director, said: “I’m incredibly pleased with the huge turn-out for this year’s Marathon Du Malton and overwhelmed that we had so many more runners than last year. The success of the event is a credit to Malton’s fantastic food producers, independent businesses and its status as Yorkshire’s food capital”.
“Malton is renowned for its year-round programme of food events and we wanted to evolve the offer to cater to wider pastimes, with the Marathon Du Malton bringing together a wonderful combination of sport, gourmet food and the unsurpassed beauty of the Yorkshire countryside, which has proved a spectacular success”.
“It was great to see everyone get into the spirit of the event with some wonderful fancy-dress outfits and I’m already looking forward to Marathon du Malton making a return in 2020.” To find out more about events such as Marathon du Malton and things to do in Malton, please visit https://www.visitmalton.com