22 September 2019
From the organiser
We look forward to welcoming you all to the Hull Marathon & Relays 2018, starting in West Park and with a stadium finish in the KCOM Stadium, home to footballs Hull City AFC & rugby leagues Hull FC.The Marathon sees runners take a route through the City centre, Victoria Docks, into the East of the city and East Park, a return to the City centre and then the Marina before passing through a working dock, Pickering Park, Hessle, over the Humber Bridge and a return via the Costello Stadium and track, Peter Pan Park and into the KCOM Stadium. All finishers will receive a medal, T-shirt and goody bag with ten drinks stations on route and massages available in our Race Village at the finish. Prizes for the first 5 finishers male and female, 1st and 2nd in all Vet categories from V40 to V80 (male and female), first 2 teams (male and female, 3 in each) and to the first local male & female.We are once again hosting both the 2 person & 4 person relay races, with the assistance of Fitmums & Friends at the three change over points. Following the same route as the marathon, these present runners the chance to still be part of the atmosphere if a marathon is a challenge too far. Form a pair or a team from work, a community group or your running club. Run just to help improve your fitness, achieve a challenge, raising funds for one of our 5 charity partners or all of these!
All finishers will receive a medal, T-shirt and goody bag with ten drinks stations on route and massages available in our event village at the finish.
The MarathonRunners take a route through the City centre, Victoria Docks, into the East of the city and East Park, a return to the City centre and then the Marina before passing through a working dock, Pickering Park, Hessle, over the Humber Bridge and a return via the Costello Stadium and track, Peter Pan Park and into the KCOM Stadium.– including the KCOM Ultrafast 100mAs runners come into Costello Athletics Stadium in mile 24, they’ll not only be greeted by Fitmums & Friends’ Race Angels, but they’ll be able to have a go at the KCOM Ultrafast 100m on the track! We believe this unique feature enables runners to have a go at testing themselves mentally and physically.2 Person RelayRunning a half marathon each, the first runner will set off with the marathon start in West Park and get to run through the City Centre, Victoria Docks, East Park, and Albert Docks before changing over at the half way point in Pickering Park.The second leg runs through Pickering Park and Hessle before the out and back over the Humber Bridge, returning to include three quarters of a lap of the Costello Stadium Athletics track, into Peter Pan Park and gets all the glory as they finish inside the KCOM Stadium.4 Person RelayMade up of 6, 7.1, 7.8 and 5.3 mile legs, the 4 person relay suits a range of abilities so everyone can get involved. Leg 1 sees runners start with the marathon field in West Park and head through the City Centre, past The Deep and through Victoria Docks before reaching the change over point in East Park.Leg 2 takes the runners through East Park, back to the City Centre, around the Marina and Albert Dock, Hessle Road, reaching the changeover point at the marathon half way point in Pickering Park.Leg 3 gets to run through Pickering Park, Hessle and includes the Humber Bridge as they both cross southbound on the bridge deck and return on the northbound footpath. After returning through the toll plaza (for free!), the final changeover point is on the slip road into the Humber Bridge Car Park.The 4th and final leg is the shortest of them all. Heading around the edge of the town of Hessle via Boothferry Road and round three quarters of a lap of the athletics track at the Costello Stadium, before the glory mile down Anlaby Road and the grand finish in the KCOM Stadium.
Baggage Area Runners will be able to leave their belongings at the Baggage drop prior to the race beginning in the Tiger’s Trust Arena. It will be clearly signed. Relay runner’s bags will be transported to/from their respective start/finish points.The start/finish is less than a mile on foot from the transport interchange. You can also use the local bus network – please check their website for details of bus timetables in September, which will be altered around road closures on the day.
Free shuttle buses, managed by Acklams Coaches will transport runners to and from the change over point, with a drop off/pick up near to Pickering Park.There is parking available at West Park close to the stadium. Please check your race registration pack for details and the race website will contain more information nearer the day.
There are ample opportunities to watch the races around the course. The only restrictions are on some parts of the Humber Bridge and through Albert Dock. It is often easier to cycle around the course to spectate. If driving please check the road closure details. If cycling please cycle safely and adhere to the highway code. Cyclists should not use footways or pavements. Spectators will be able to watch the finish inside the stadium from the comfort of a seat in the West Stand.
Where do I collect my running number/race pack?Race packs collection will be from the Tigers Trust Arena in West Park on Saturday 22 September 10am to 5pm and Sunday 23 September from 7am. Only one member of a relay team needs to pick up the pack for the team. Full details will be sent by email in early September.Can I take part in a wheelchair?Yes. Wheelchair participants are welcome put please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before the event to discuss arrangements.Can I run with headphones?No. In line with UKA guidance for races using open or partly open roads, all headphones (including bone conductors) or similar devices (unless for medical purposes) are not permitted. Any runner using headphones will be disqualified from the race. With entertainment at least every second mile, cheering and support on the route we think there’ll be enough going on that on this occasion you won’t miss your music/podcast! You’ll also be able to hear other runners, traffic and instructions from marshals.What do I need to bring with me on race day?Running kit including trainers, race number and timing chip that you’ve collected at the marathon registration, bag to leave your belongings in (no valuables, attach the baggage tag issued with your race pack), warm clothes to change into after the race, comfortable footwear for after the race, shower kit – shower facilities are available at the Tiger’s Trust Arena.Is there anywhere to leave my belongings?We will have baggage storage at the Tiger’s Trust Arena on race day. Please use the tag in your race registration pack to label your bag clearly with your race number. Relay runners will be able to have their bag transported via the shuttle buses to collect at the end of their leg.Can I run with my dog?No dogs are permitted in any of the races.Can I run with a pram/buggy?No. Buggies, prams and other items on wheels are permitted on the course. Wheelchair users should contact us at email@example.com to discuss taking part in a wheelchair.Will there be toilets en route & at Start area?Yes. They will be at all 3 relay stations and on the south side of the Humber Bridge. There will be plenty of toilets to help with those last minute nerves and they will be clearly sign posted. There will be portaloos within West Park and some facilities available in the Tiger’s Trust Arena. Stadium toilets will be in use once the stadium opens after the race start.Where are the water stations – bottles or cups?There will be 10 drink stations, at approx 3, 6, 9, 12, 13.6, 15.9, 18.6, 20.8, 22 and 24 miles. Drinks will be either cups or bottles. We are looking at reducing wastage on the route and more details about which stations have cups or bottles will be confirmed at a future date.What first aid support will be available?The event will be supported by North East Medics. All volunteers will know where the nearest first aiders are and first aid points will be listed in your race pack. North East Medics will be providing the event medical services and will be located on the finish line and around the finishing funnel. If at any point you need help please make yourself known.Are there showers at the finish?Yes, facilities will be available at the Tiger’s Trust Arena.Are dogs allowed at the start/finish?Dogs are permitted within West Park but not within the KCOM Stadium.What roads will be closed and when?Roads affected by the route will close on a rolling basis from 8:30 am through to 3:15 pm on race day. Details can be found here from July and can be looked at in conjunction with our route map. Leaflets will be distributed to local residents in the month proceeding the event.What about Catering ?There will be a number of catering units serving a selection of tasty food – look out for more details.