25 Things you might not know about Hull

  1. The city's official name is Kingston upon Hull and its people are ‘Hullensians’
  2. Hull is Yorkshire's only waterfront city
  3. The boiled sweet was invented in Hull
  4. The liquid crystal display (LCD) was developed by the University of Hull
  5. It is the birthplace of Lemsip, Bonjela and Gaviscon
  6. It has been called the ‘most poetic city in England’, and has been home to poets such as Philip Larkin and Andrew Marvell
  7. William Wilberforce, who led the bill that freed slaves in British colonies, was born in the city
  8. It is home to The Deep, the world's only submarium (and you run round the outside in mile 3 of the marathon)
  9. The Humber Ports is the UK's largest ports complex, handling one million passengers and 90 million tonnes of cargo. You get to run through it for 1.1 miles!
  10. Hull Fair is the largest travelling fair in Europe and one of the oldest, having started in 1278
  11. There has been over £1.5bn of regeneration investment in Hull over the last eight years
  12. During the Second World War, Hull was the most bombed city outside of London, with 90 per cent of its buildings damaged
  13. Telephone services in Hull are provided by KCOM (rather than BT), originally established in 1904 and famous for its cream-coloured telephone boxes The KCOM Stadium is the finish of the marathon route
  14. Hull is said to have been the place where the English Civil War started in 1642, in the Plotting Parlour above Ye Olde White Harte pub to be precise (you'll run past here in mile 10)
  15. J Arthur Rank was born in Hull and served as chairman of Rank Hovis McDougall Ltd as well as Rank Organisation which built Pinewood Studios and dominated the British film industry
  16. Englands smallest window? SMALLEST WINDOW: The George Hotel (Image courtesy of Hull Daily Mail)
    England's smallest window can be found in The George pub in The Land of Green Ginger (which the marathon runs down)
  17. The fictional castaway Robinson Crusoe set sail from Queen's Dock in Hull (there is a plaque in Queen's Gardens to commemorate this) (But you will be running to fast to see it when you go through the area)
  18. In 1989 Hull became the first city in the UK to have an all-digital telephone system
  19. In 1982, Hull became the first city in the western world to twin with a ‘third-world’ city - Freetown in Sierra Leone - Freetown Way in the city was named to commemorate this
  20. Actress Maureen Lipman, actor Tom Courtenay, TV weatherman Alex Deakin, actress Debra Stephenson, writer Derren Litten (Benidorm), actor Roy North (Mr Roy from Basil Brush), John Venn (inventor of the Venn Diagram) and musicians Mick Ronson and Trevor Bolder (Ziggy Stardust's Spiders from Mars) were all born in Hull. You run over the Drypool Bridge which is being repainted with the Venn Diagram
  21. Hull singer Patricia Bredin was the UK representative in very first the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957
  22. Golden Pages (a forerunner to Yellow Pages) was first published in Hull in 1954 to celebrate Hull Telephone Department's golden jubilee
  23. Hull's Holy Trinity Church is the largest parish church (by area) in England and will become a Minster in 2017. The Marathon runs around three sides of the church
  24. Mike Stock (of Stock, Aitken & Waterman), Beirut hostage John McCarthy, musicians Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl), film director Anthony Minghella, poet Roger McGough, actress Sally Lindsay (Coronation Street), TV presenter Sarah Greene (Blue Peter, Going Live), Labour politician Roy Hattersley and Radio 1 presenter Mark Chapman all graduated from Hull University
  25. The pattie originated in Hull. It is a flat cake with a potato, sage and onion recipe, battered and deep-fried. Will it be in the goody bag?!