Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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.

  • Where do I collect my running number / race pack?

    You will pick up your race pack at Hull College 5– 8pm on Friday 22nd and 9am–5pm on Saturday 23rd September. Only one member of a relay team needs to pick up the pack for the team. 

  • What is the start time of the main race, relays, fun run?

    The Marathon and relays will start at 9am. The fun run starts at 9:30am.

  • 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 Airco Arena.

  • Is there anywhere to leave my belongings?

    We will have baggage storage at the Tiger's Trust Airco 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 info@thehullmarathon.co.uk to discuss taking part in a wheelchair.

  • Will there be toilets en route?

    Yes. They will be at all 3 relay stations and on the south side of the Humber Bridge.

  • What will happen if I can't get to registration on the Friday or Saturday?

    A friend or relative can collect on your behalf.  However, if this is not possible, we will make arrangements for your pack to be available for collection from 7am at the race HQ on the Sunday morning.

  • What if I'm late for the race?

    The race is chip timed. If you are delayed unavoidably you will be able to start the marathon up to approximately 9:15am but will still need to finish within the 6 hour cut off time of 3pm.

  • How do I know what to do on race day or what will I need to do on race day?

    Please listen out for announcements on race day and follow instructions from our Marathon Maker marshals. Read through your race pack in advance to be aware of everything for the day so you can be as relaxed as possible. If in doubt, check with any of our volunteers on the day, they will be happy to help.

  • Can I take part in a wheelchair?

    Please contact us at info@thehullmarathon.co.uk to discuss taking part in a wheelchair.

  • Where can I park in Hull close to the race start?

    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.

  • Will there be pacers – how do I find them?

    We will be having pacemakers for the marathon. Provisionally these will be at 15 minute splits from 3hours through to 5hrs, 5:30 and 6hrs. They will be clearly marked on the day. Details will be published in race packs and on the website.

  • What energy drinks will be available en route?

    We are still negotiating energy drinks but they will be provided on the day.

  • Where are the water stations – bottles or cups?

    There will be 10 drink stations, at approx 3, 6, 9, 12, 13.5, 16, 18.6, 20.8, 22 and 24 miles. The first 3 stations will have cups with bottles thereafter.

  • What time should I be at the start?

    Allow ample time to get to the start. You will need to drop your bag, use the toilet facilities and warm up. Each participant has their own routine and it is hard to be specific but we recommend being at the start line no later than 15 minutes before your race starts. If driving to the event allow time to park.

  • How can I meet up with relatives at the end?

    We recommend agreeing a meeting point prior to the race. With ample space in West Park, it should be possible to agree a suitable location. We strongly urge you to arrange a meeting point outside the stadium and Tiger's Trust Airco Arena as these will be busy places.

  • What first aid support will be available?

    The event will be supported by St John's Ambulance. All volunteers will know where the nearest first aiders are and first aid points will be listed in your race pack.

  • What can my family do whilst they wait for me?

    They can watch the race around the course, support the fun run in West Park, get refreshments and cheer on other runners coming into the finish. If they are planning to spectate around the course, they should take account of the road closures that will be in place and restrictions on other adjoining roads. Spectators will be able to watch the finish inside the stadium from the comfort of a seat in the West Stand.

  • What advice for spectators – where could I watch?

    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.

  • Is there any entertainment on the course?

    There will be entertainment at various points on the course - more details will be announced over the summer.

  • What support will there be en route?

    We are proud that the event has been well supported previously and will be actively encouraging the residents of the area to come out and cheer. Our volunteer Marathon Makers are trained to be vocally supportive and between miles 23 and 25 approx you'll have the chance to get support from one of our RACE ANGELS.

  • Any recommendations for where to stay – what to see whilst in Hull?

    Please see our Hull: UK City of Culture 2017 page.

  • Are there cobbles on the course?

    Yes there are three areas with cobbles. Two of these, in the old town area, are no more than 10-15 metres. Humber Street is cobbled but there is the option to run along the adjoining flat paved path for the majority of the street length.

  • I have a guide runner, do they need to enter the race?

    Yes they will need to enter but we offer the guide runner complimentary entry. Please contact us at info@thehullmarathon.co.uk to arrange this.

  • What drinks will be provided during the race?

    Water and energy drinks.

  • Are there showers at the finish?

    Yes, facilities will be available at the Tiger's Trust Airco Arena.

  • Why has the route been changed?

    In order to maintain an urban marathon, we have worked with the local authorities and stakeholders and taken on board feedback from the previous events. The new course also reflects runner feedback, such as going through Albert Dock much earlier in the race. The new course seeks to address a number of points such as traffic management and resident access whilst still offering a primarily closed road route. We also believe it takes in some of the highlights of the city.

  • How do I get to the start/finish from the transport interchange?

    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. https://bustimes.org.uk/localities/E0055009

  • Can family and friends travel on the shuttle buses?

    No - the shuttle buses are for runners only.

  • What if I forget my race number/timing chip?

    Please take care of your race number and chip. In the event that you do mislay them head to our event HQ on race day morning as early as possible and we will endeavour to issue a replacement number. The original number and chip would then be cancelled.

  • Are dogs allowed at the start/finish?

    Dogs are permitted within West Park but not within the KCOM Stadium.

  • How long does it take to get to the start from where I drop my bag off?

    It is a 5 minute walk.

  • Are there toilets at the start?

    Yes - there will be portaloos within West Park and some facilities available in the Airco Arena. Stadium toilets will be in use once the stadium opens after the race start.

  • I can no longer run the marathon – can I get a refund?

    We do not offer refunds but you can transfer your entry to another runner up to 1 week before the race. To do this go back to the entry page on our website, click on the gold race entry link and then select Edit my details from the right hand menu to make the necessary changes. You will need your unique ID from your entry confirmation email for the transfer. If you can’t find this please contact us at info@thehullmarathon.co.uk.

  • Can I transfer my number?

    You can transfer your entry to another runner up to 1 week before the race. To do this go back to the entry page on our website, click on the gold race entry link and then select Edit my details from the right hand menu to make the necessary changes. You will need your unique ID from your entry confirmation email for the transfer. If you can’t find this please contact us at info@thehullmarathon.co.uk. Anyone who runs under someone else's number without following the transfer process will be disqualified and reported to UKA.

  • Can I give my place to my friend?

    You can transfer your entry to another runner up to 1 week before the race. To do this go back to the entry page on our website, click on the gold race entry link and then select Edit my details from the right hand menu to make the necessary changes. You will need your unique ID from your entry confirmation email for the transfer. If you can’t find this please contact us at info@thehullmarathon.co.uk. Anyone who runs under someone else's number without following the transfer process will be disqualified and reported to UKA.

  • I want to run in a relay team – but I don’t know enough people! How can I find people to form a team?

    Ask your family, friends and work colleagues or people in any other groups you’re involved in. Ask other runners at parkrun. Post on social media in any groups you belong to – for those in Hull, the Hull & East Riding Runners Facebook group is a good place to start.

  • How do I get to the relay start point and back from the finish of my leg?

    There will be shuttle buses to/from each leg change over point from West park and the KCOM Stadium. Details will be on our website and in your race registration pack

  • Does the race make provision for visually impaired runners and their guides?

    The race is accessible to guided runners, but we ask you to make contact beforehand to discuss arrangements by emailing info@thehullmarathon.co.uk

  • What is the slowest time I am allowed to complete the course without the roads being opened up?

    6 hours. Roads will reopen gradually behind the 6 hour pace, which is the equivalent of 13 mins 45 seconds per mile. If you drop behind this pace you will need to move to the pavement/footpaths and are no longer guaranteed the support of the event.

  • What happens if one of my relay team is unable to run?

    You can replace any member of the relay team and update their details on your entry up to 1 week before the race. To do this go back to the entry page on our website, click on the gold race entry link and then select Edit my details from the right hand menu to make the necessary changes. You will need your unique ID from your entry confirmation email for the transfer. If you can’t find this please contact us at info@thehullmarathon.co.uk.

    It is also possible to transfer to the 4 or 2 person relays or marathon. If you would like to do this, please email us at info@thehullmarathon.co.uk and we'll be in touch on what to do next.

    Note anyone who runs under someone else's number without following the transfer process may be disqualified and reported to UKA.

  • 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 and can be looked at in conjunction with our route map. Leaflets will be distributed to local residents.

  • I've signed up a relay team, why is only one name on the entry list?

    Our entry system only shows the lead name for the relay team, the other details will be held on our system.

  • I've entered a relay team but don't seem to be able to change the details other than the lead runner?

    If you need to amend details of anyone but the lead runner, please email info@thehullmarathon.co.uk with your unique reference number from your confirmation email and the details you need to have changed. We will update the details for you and confirm when this has been actioned.