This Sunday (30 June) marks a special point in the history of the Humber Bridge Half Marathon with the event set to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Humber Bridge, formerly the longest single span bridge in the world, the half is truly one of its own in the northern calendar.
Originally established by the Rotary Club of Hull, the first race was staged in 1999 and has grown to become the biggest Rotary fundraising event in Hull and the East Riding, raising funds for charities and organisations on both sides of the river. Since its launch, the race has generated over £700,000 for charities and good causes.
Starting in Hessle, the route takes runners over the bridge, around scenic Barton and surrounding countryside, before the final leg back over the iconic bridge once again and down towards the finish line.
For the anniversary race, organisers have also introduced pacers for what will be a slightly modified course to previous years: Sarah Shepherdson from the Hey Smile Foundation, one of the beneficiaries of this year’s race, told us: “With a slightly amended course, there is a new course record up for grabs for both male and female. There will be in excess of 1700 people taking part, and it is sure to be another fantastic day!”
Last year saw victories for Roundhay Runners’ Callum Elson (1:14:22), with Robert Weekes of East Hull Harriers in second (1:15:04) and Robert Payne third (1:15:49). The University of Sheffield’s Rebecca Rigby (1:20:16) was the top female performer in 1:20:16, followed by Keri Pearson (1:27:21) and Natalie Bell (1:29:14)
There are a small number of entries available for Sunday – registration is available here.