There was a keen sense of anticipation in Hull yesterday as event management company, World Events, launched the city’s new marathon. The race, organised for Sunday 13 September 13, will showcase the Hull in the lead up to its hosting of the UK City of Culture 2017.
The 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 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. You can view a more detailed plan of the route here.
Over the last few months, World Events has been laying the foundations for the race through bi-monthly consultation meetings. These have been held with members of the local running community so that the Hull Marathon can benefit from the ideas and experience of local athletes and race organisers.
Organiser Phil Haskins said the initial response has been extremely positive, with more than 100 runners already registered: “It’s been a very positive response at this stage and I feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of people who have already signed up. But to make this work we need to show that we have enough runners and enough supporters and it looks like we’re going to achieve that.”
Phil hopes the event will also be a great spectacle for those not taking part: “We want to create something that is good for runners and a real spectacle for those watching at the sidelines. If we are going to be messing around with people’s normal Sundays we want it to be something that people can enjoy.”
The 2015 event is expected to attract up to 2,000 runners. A relay option for teams of four is available for those who would like to compete as part of a team. Registration is priced at £33 for UKA affiliate runners, or £35 for non-affiliated.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.