Organisers of the RB Hull Marathon have announced that this year’s event will incorporate a new 3 mile junior race. Open to 11–16 year olds, the junior runners join the main race just before mile 4, and use the same route as the marathon from East Park to the finish on Wilberforce Drive in the city centre.
Sunday 18 September will represent the marathon’s second staging with almost 1000 runners taking part in 2015. The course has been devised to 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.
The junior race will adopt many of the features of the senior, with chip timing, a medal and T-shirt provided to all competitors. Race director Philip Haskins explained the motivation behind the event: “We’re keen to encourage the next generation of runners.”
On the distance, Phil believes this is ideal for the age group: “There are a lot of children of secondary school age who really enjoy their running and are keen to compete but who are too young to take part in normal 10k and 5k races. Often, the fun runs which accompany these events aren’t sufficiently challenging. We’re hoping that this 3 mile race will bridge that gap.”
Entry for the junior run is priced at £12 until the end of June: 300 places have been made available.