The field at Sunday’s (18 September) RB Hull Marathon were forced to work hard as they encountered one of the hottest days of the 2016 autumnal heatwave. Seasoned runner Adam Holland put his endurance skills to fine use with victory, while Joanne Walker secured top place in the women’s competition.
Runners started and finished in the city centre and took in 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.
Expectations for the event were high after the inaugural race in 2015 made the shortlist for the Running Awards, and, with a series of exciting additions on Sunday – musical entertainment throughout the course, an HQ that included a series of new activities for the kids – the second edition certainly didn’t disappoint.
Holland, known for setting the fastest time at the gruelling Brathay 10in10, looked relaxed and comfortable as he crossed the line in 2:37:43. York Knavesmire Harriers’ David Smithers (2:39:55) and Robert Weekes (2:44:59) secured the two other podium positions.
In the women’s competition, Walker was the clear winner in 3:13:09, finishing more than four minutes ahead of second placed Jane Ringrose (3:17:11), with Sarah Flaherty in third (3:22:23). Ede Bone was midpoint in the field in 4:13:45, while the last competitor came home in 6:51:39.
Organisers were quick to pay tribute to those who competed in the race: “Massive congratulations to every runner who took part in the marathon, relays and junior race yesterday. You really earned your medal and T-shirt.”