Hull hosted its first official marathon on Sunday (13 September) with the Red Arrows marking the occasion with an aerobatic display over East Yorkshire. The race saw almost 1000 runners take part, with Matthew Jones breaking the tape first and Helen Mulhall leading the female field home.
The course had been designed to take in both east and west of the city, covering the East Riding and the Humber Bridge. Runners started and finished in the city centre and took 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.
Jones, competing in what was just his fourth marathon, secured a comprehensive victory in 2:35:28, with Robert Weekes second (2:44:20) and Owen James third (2:46:18). Bearbrook RC’s Mulhall finished in 3:01:33, with her closest competitor, Sian Morgan, crossing the line in 3:20:14. Mid-point in the field was Andrew Wearden in 4:14:26, while the final runner came home in 6:24:35.
Despite being pleased with the race itself, organiser Phil Haskins said there had been issues with road closures and indicated there would need to be changes for next year’s event: "The volunteers all played their part and we had no major incidents. The traffic management went well and I'm pretty satisfied with how we handled it.”
Haskins added: “Of course, when you run an event of this scale, you will always have a few issues and teething problems, but overall I'm really pleased with how it went." Next year, we will be better equipped in terms of how we prepare our marshals and brief our events staff, but there won't be any major changes."