Humber Bridge Half Marathon drew its biggest field in its 16th year history with more than 1800 runners completing Sunday’s (28 June) race. The event, organised by the Hull and Barton Rotary Clubs, saw Wimbledon Windmilers’ Matthew Nutt secure top billing, with local runner Keri Pearson leading the female field home.
Part of the bumper field included former Hull City player Kevin Kilbane, who competed alongside 21 others for Downright Special charity. Kilbane’s 11-year-old daughter was born with Down’s Syndrome and the footballer is the patron of the national Down’s Syndrome Association.
Nutt, who had taken first place at May’s North Lincolnshire Half Marathon with a time of 1:13:26, continued his impressive form to secure a comfortable victory. The 29-yearold finished in 1:15:02, more than a minute ahead of Timmy Davies (1:16:19) with Jonathan Walton in third (1:18:02). Patrick Gardiner, last year’s winner and one of the favourites going into the race, managed 11th position with a time of 1:22:03.
In the women’s competition, City of Hull’s Keri Pearson took first place and secured a PB time of 1:26:56. Birchfield Harriers’ Sarah Conway followed in (1:28:45) with Sara Rookyard in third (1:29:15). Race director John Curry said: "We were delighted to see a record number of entries yet again. It was a wonderful event with a great atmosphere between runners."
Also taking part in the race was Up and Running’s Jonathan Midwood. Jonathan, who named his challenge - rather self-deprecatingly - ‘Fat bloke gets fit’, was raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Research as part of their Life Choices Life Changes campaign.
The event was the first for over 12 years for Jonathan: his last competitive outing was the Great North Run in 2002. With a target of sub 2 hours, Jonathan finished with time to spare, crossing the line in 1:53:24, and has raised more than £800.