Despite opening registration less than two weeks ago, organisers of Hull Marathon they have already received over 300 entries. The recently launched event, organised for Sunday 13 September, will showcase the Hull in the lead up to its hosting of the UK City of Culture 2017.
The course has been designed to takes in both east and west of the city, covering the East Riding and the Humber Bridge. Runners will start and finish in the city centre and take in some of the city’s best known landmarks including East Park, Victoria Square, the KC Stadium, the Humber Bridge, Hessle Road, Hull Marina and the Old Town. You can view a more detailed plan of the route here.
Organisers Wolds Events have been laying the foundations for the race through bi-monthly consultation meetings. These have been held with members of the local running community so that the Hull Marathon can benefit from the ideas and experience of local athletes and race organisers.
Phil Haskins, race director, told northernrunningguide.com: “We’ve been overwhelmed with both the number of registrations to the event (nearly 300 in two weeks, 100 on the first day alone) and in particular the generally positive reception to our plans. There’s been a real buzz on our social media channels about the event and people already seem to be getting excited about it.”
“I also think our route has captured runners’ imagination. Not only is it going to be a genuine city marathon, with all the support and crowds that will bring, but we can also lay a real claim to uniting both sides of the city with sections in the east and the west, plus there are some really iconic parts of the course, such as the crossing of the Humber Bridge and going past the KC Stadium, that really do have the ‘wow’ factor.”
Discounted entry is available for anyone registering prior to 31 December: UKA-affiliated runners can run for £33, non-affiliated for £35. More information and entry details are available here.