Marathon returns to Hull in 2016

Runners

Following superb reviews of the event by runners, we're delighted to announce the date for the 2016 RB Hull Marathon.

It will be held on Sunday 18 September and we're hoping that that the success of this year's race will encourage hundreds more runners to take part next year.

"We were overwhelmed by the fantastic feedback from runners and spectators after this year's event," commented Philip Haskins of Wolds Events. "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."

Mr Haskins said that there were 800 finishers in the marathon this year and 500 more in the four-person relay. He added that he expects that number to be exceeded next year.

"It was important to deliver a well organised event this year 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 right around the route."

Mr Haskins recognised that closing roads in the city brings its own challenges and promised that there would be additional emphasis on the traffic management aspects of the 2016 event.

"One thing which we do need to work on for next year will be how we advise people about the event and how we handle traffic on the day. We want people to come out and support the runners but we also want people to be able to get around town."

We also hope that like this year there will be a flood of volunteers offering to help out and become Marathon Makers. 2015 saw around 500 people from the area volunteering to take on a variety of roles at race HQ, in the event village in Queen's Gardens and around the course, with 95% of them saying that they'd like to volunteer again at the event.

Mr Haskins said that events like the marathon help put the city of Hull on the map and provide a taste of what the city can expect in its City of Culture year.

"Hosting a full marathon is a real feather in the cap of any city and brings in runners from around the country as well as providing a local marathon for thousands of runners in Hull and the surrounding area. There is only one other road marathon in the whole of Yorkshire so our event has great potential to grow and attract visitors to the city. In 2016 we would like to consolidate what we have achieved this year and in 2017 we hope to stage an even better event when Hull is the UK City of Culture."

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