Organisers of the RB Hull Marathon are looking to carry on the momentum from their inaugural event and are asking local people to sign up to become marathon makers. The 2015 race saw almost 1000 runners take part, with the marathon also making the shortlist for the Running Awards.
Looking ahead to race day 2016 on 18 September, organisers are hopeful of recruiting up to 700 volunteers from across the area to help repeat last year’s successful event. The marathon makers will assume a variety of roles, including handing out drinks and goody bags, marshalling the route, cheering on the runners and helping the relay changeovers.
Over 550 volunteers became marathon makers in 2015, making the RB Hull Marathon one of the largest voluntary events in the area. A large part of the success of the inaugural race was attributed to the strong body of volunteers.
Marathon maker co-ordinator Lucas Meagor outlined what the team is looking for: “People don’t have to have any special experience. just a willingness to help make the day a great event for the runners and the area. Last year, one of the main things which came across in the runners’ feedback was the support and enthusiasm of our marathon makers, and how much of a difference it made to their run. We want the same to happen this year.”
The 2015 race opened with an aerobatic display from the Red Arrows over East Yorkshire. The course has 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.
Anyone taking up the role of marathon maker will be offered a training session. Those interested should log onto to the event website here.