There’s less than a week to go until race day but organisers of the RB Hull Marathon have confirmed that any interested runners can still register for Sunday’s event after they extended the deadline for entries until Thursday (15 September).
Over 1000 competitors are expected to compete in what will be the second staging of the marathon. The 2015 race drew a fantastic response and made the shortlist for the Running Awards, and, with a series of exciting additions to this weekend’s event – including musical entertainment throughout the course, an HQ that includes a series of new activities for the kids – the marathon looks likely to build on this success.
In the lead up to the event, Norwegian Runar Saether has set his sights on the course record of 2:35:28 currently held by Matthew Jones. Saether completed the London Marathon in 2:38:02 but is aiming for a sub 2:30 at Hull after pushing on with his training.
The Norwegian, whose girlfriend is from Hull, commented: “It's been a brilliant season for me so far, six podium finishes (two wins and four second place finishes) and best Scandinavian in London. Would be amazing to top it off with a win in Hull. Exciting!”
While Jones won’t be defending his title, he will be present at the race as the official race doctor. Jones, who improved on his performance at Hull with a PB of 2:27:44 in Seville, is a doctor at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. The 35-year-old will also be presenting prizes at the Junior Race and will be a member of the panel at the pre-race Marathon Question Time event at Kardomah 94 on 17 September.
Anyone looking to register for the RB Hull Marathon, or the relay event, can do so here. Entry is priced at £42, or £40 for affiliated runners.