Anyone looking to enter what looks to be a cultural feast at the RB Hull Marathon are being alerted to the fact that entries for the race close midnight this Sunday (17 September). With Hull enjoying its status as the UK City of Culture, organisers have announced a number of unique additions to this year’s event on Sunday 24 September, including art installations and artworks on the roads, plus mile markers courtesy of local students and entertainment stations every two miles.
In the lead-up to the event, local artists and photographers were invited to submit images for art installations. These were then reproduced and transformed into large ‘mats’ that fixed to the road surface within every mile of the race route. The images represent particular features of Hull and will give runners something else to look forward to as they progress around the course.
In addition, there will be 26 separate mile markers which have been designed by local schools and colleges. This was co-ordinated through a partnership between race organisers and Active Humber to engage with local educational institutions, giving the event a unique regional edge.
This cultural celebration will continue throughout the route with local entertainment dotted around the course every two miles. Runners and spectators will be able to enjoy a wide range of music including an acapella group, a brass band, a pipe band, a samba band, a wind band, a musical theatre group and motivating music provided by a DJ.
These new additions arrive as the marathon prepares to celebrate its biggest staging yet with around 2,000 runners already signed up. Competitors on 24 September will tackle a revised route that incorporates many of the city’s most iconic landmarks such as the historic Old Town including Hull Minster, the maritime heritage of the docks, the Humber Bridge and a rousing finish inside the KCOM Stadium.
You can still enter the race here.