Runners considering taking part in next year’s Hull Marathon are being encouraged to do so before the early bird offer closes on 31 December. The recently launched event, organised for Sunday 13 September, will showcase Hull in the lead up to its hosting of the UK City of Culture 2017.
The marathon 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 pass landmark sites 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 at the event website.
The discounted entry means UKA-affiliated runners can run for £33, non-affiliated for £35, prior to the turn of he year. Since opening registration at the end of October, organisers have already received over 400 entries and have been pleased with the response.
Philip Haskins from organiser’s Wolds Events comments: “The start of the year is typically a time when resolutions to lose a few pounds and get fit are made and what better way to do that than have a clear target in mind. The challenge of running 26 miles is certainly a good way to focus the mind, especially for those people who need a clear objective to keep them going.”
Non-runners are also been urged to sign up to become Marathon Makers, volunteers who will agree to give up a few hours of their time on the Sunday of the event to help make the marathon a great event for the area. “They say that volunteers typically live longer than others who don’t get involve, so there’ll be immediate health benefits for volunteers. Being a Marathon Maker is also a chance to give back to your city, plus our volunteers will get a real buzz from encouraging the runners and being part of the event.”
More information is available here.