After the success of the inaugural event in September, which saw almost 1000 runners take part, organisers of the RB Hull Marathon are looking to further cement and build on the race’s reputation in the forthcoming year. With Hull set to celebrate its status as UK City of Culture, the marathon is expected to enjoy even more time in the spotlight, with a race date of 18 September, now confirmed.
This year’s race saw an aerobatic display from the Red Arrows over East Yorkshire. 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.
Philip Haskins of organisers Wolds Events comments: “We were overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback from runners and spectators after this year’s marathon. Many people said it was one of the best events they had ever done, which is a huge compliment to all those who worked so hard to stage it and to the people of Hull who came out to support the runners. Our video of the event captures the feel-good factor that an event of this nature brings to a city.”
A large part of the success has been attributed to a strong body of around 500 volunteers, or Marathon Makers, who took on a variety of roles on the day of the event to make sure that runners had a great experience. The scheme, which saw volunteers get a t-shirt and meal as part of their role, was so well received that over 95% said they’d like to volunteer again.
Phil added: “It was important to deliver a well organised event and now we’ve done that I expect there to be a lot more interest in the RB Hull Marathon from the Yorkshire and UK running community. We really do have the advantage that it’s a true city marathon rather than just starting or finishing in the centre, so runners can expect lots of support from spectators cheering them all around the route.”
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