Organisers of the RB Hull Marathon have confirmed that more than 1,000 runners have already committed to the inaugural event on Sunday 13 September. So far, nearly 850 have taken the plunge for the full 26.2 miles while a further 200 athletes will take part as teams of four in the relay competition.
The marathon course has been designed to take 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 see 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.
Race director Phil Haskins said: “We are very pleased to have reached this important milestone. It’s always a bit of a gamble introducing a new event to an already busy race calendar, but there seems to be a real appetite amongst the local running community to see a major marathon run in the city and that’s reflected in the numbers who have already signed up.”
With just less than three months until race day, organisers say they expect more runners to register and hope to reach their 2,000 target, and, even though the registration deadline is set for 6 September, organisers are urging potential participants to enter as soon as possible.
Phil added: “Most runners have now started their 12 or 16 week marathon training programme but if you’re looking to run your first marathon in Hull and you haven’t started training yet time is running out. Completing a marathon is a great achievement but it’s not a challenge to be taken lightly.”