Runners in the Hull Marathon crossing the Humber Bridge

Disappointment as 2020 Hull Marathon cancelled

Organisers of the 2020 Hull Marathon have cancelled this year's race due to the coronavirus outbreak. All entries have automatically been transferred to the 2021 event.

Hull Marathon was scheduled for Sunday 27 September and excitement was building ahead of the event that starts on the famous Humber Bridge and takes runners on a cultural tour around the city. The race programme included two and four person relays and a 3K Fun Run. 

Then the coronavirus outbreak arrived and the ban on mass participation events meant races were postponed or cancelled until next year. The organisers of Hull Marathon, although they were determined to make every effort to stage the 2020 event, have been faced with serious restrictions as a result of the pandemic. Sadly, they have decided they are unable to carry out the necessary preparations to hold a safe and successful event. 

The main issues were disruption along the course caused by delays to engineering works around the city and a section of the route is being used as a coronavirus testing centre which may still be in service by race day.

This event like others relies on volunteers who play an important role, ensuring the event runs smoothly. Some of these are in high risk groups and have to self isolate or are shielding and would be unable to help.  

Taking all of this into account and following consultations with local authorities, the organisers, with a heavy heart, made the decision to cancel. 

On a more positive note organisers are already planning to return in top form next year. And in keeping with the city’s cultural heritage a virtual music and art event will be held to fundraise for their five charity partners, the details of which will be announced.

Image courtesy: Hull Marathon

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