Despite wet conditions on Sunday morning, the Humber Bridge Half Marathon celebrated the largest field in its 15 year history, with almost 1700 runners completing the race. The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Hull, has the enviable status of providing competitors the opportunity to run over the world’s longest bridge open to pedestrians.
Following a single loop circuit, the course is run entirely on road surface and is undulating throughout. Runners crossed the bridge in both directions and pass through the villages of Hessle and Barton on Humber. The race saw East Cheshire Harriers’ Patrick Gardiner take top place in a time of 1:13:36, with Mike Jeffries in second (1:14:21) and Runar Saether in third (1:14:46).
Winner Patrick Gardiner later commented on the tough conditions: “The start was great. It cold, but it was fun. It was very well marshalled, you always knew where you were going. It was very windy coming back over the bridge. It is a very good course and I am very happy with my time. I was really happy to win."
Rachel Robinson took first in the women’s competition in a time of 1:23:15, with Tori Green following in 1:24:14. Katie Heading was the mid-point runner in 1:57:29, while the last participant came home in 3:30:58.
Full results are available via northernrunningguide.com.