A record turnout at Sunday’s (25 June) Humber Bridge Half Marathon proved once more just why it has remained a central fixture in the circuit for close to 20 years. The 1,840 strong field were treated to a welcome break from the recent heat and found conditions favourable for racing, none more so than 18-year-old Callum Elson, who bagged not just first place, but also a shiny PB.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Hull, the half took runners on a unique route across the Humber Bridge, passing through the villages of Hessle and Barton-on-Humber. The single loop circuit is run entirely on road surface and is known to be undulating throughout.
The race saw Roundhay Runners’ Elson, third place at last month’s Leeds Half Marathon, take first in 1:12:17 – a sizeable PB and what will no doubt be seen a statement of intent from such a young runner. Leeds City AC’s Timmy Davies (1:14:09) and New Marske Harriers (1:14:23) were second and third respectively.
Beth Pascall, who is preparing to compete in next weekend’s World 24 Hour Championships, finished more than two minutes ahead of her closest competitor to take the women’s title in 1:26:21. Keri Pearson (1:28:48) and Naomi Bright (1:32:36) claimed the two other podium positions.
Race director John Curry commented: “It’s been a fabulous day and we’ve been really lucky with the weather. From an organisation point of view, I think it’s been absolutely first class and it’s been really nice to hear some of the compliments we’ve had from the runners on that.”
On the event’s widening appeal, John adds: “We attract runners from all over the world, we’ve had people from the Czech Republic, Poland and USA today. It’s an event with great potential. I think we’ve found a winning formula.”
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