Following consultation with Hull City Council, organisers of the Hull Marathon have confirmed a new point-to-point route will be in place for 2019. The route still aims to capture the excitement of the previous course which highlighted the city’s cultural sights, with the bonus that the modificarions will allow for a faster course.
Details from organisers have revealed that the marathon, scheduled for Sunday 22 September will have a spectacular start on the Humber Bridge in the shadow of the North tower, runners will run out and back on the southbound bridge deck, meaning the toughest part of the course is completed first.
This enables the route to return to the popular Hessle town Square before following much of the old route in reverse order. The KCOM Ultrafast 100 Sprint is retained but now features in mile 7 on the Athletics track at Costello Stadium and the route takes in Boulevard and the fountain with an out and back section up to West Park and KCOM Stadium.
The second half of the course takes in the Marina, Humber Street and the city centre which now includes passing the Three Ships Mural. It continues to pass The Blade at Siemens and along part of the Sculpture Trail before returning to Garden Village. A loop around East Park takes runners to a finish south of the boating lake.
Race director, Lucas Meagor, commented: “It’s been important to ensure the event retains a Hullcentric feel while meeting the needs of its residents. I believe this change gives the runners a fantastic experience while retaining the many highlights included showcasing Hull as a previous UK City of Culture.
Lucas added: “The route now offers runner’s a greater chance for faster times and gives spectators great viewing opportunities, particularly for those final two miles which will now be within East Park.”
Entry is open for both the marathon and relays, which this year includes the Yorkshire Veterans’ Athletic Association Marathon championships.