Hull shines in second festival
Despite the warm, humid conditions at Hull 10K and Half Marathon the streets were a riot of colour, and supportive crowds helped to generate a fantastic atmosphere. They cheered and encouraged all those taking part in the festival, which featured the tenth staging of the 10K and the second running of the half.
Alfred Gelder Street was the starting point for both routes which took the runners past some of the city’s cultural and historic landmarks, including The Deep, Humber Dock Marina, Hull City Hall and the University of Hull before heading back for the grand finish in the heart of the city centre.
In what was a repeat of the Essar Chester Half Marathon, Kirsty Longley and Mohammed Abu-Rezeq were convincing winners at the 13.1 mile event. Abu-Rezeq took the title in 1:08:41, quite a bit ahead of Phil Dickens (1:13:00) and Jonathan Walton (1:13:05). In what has been a prolific season so far, the Altrincham & District athlete has now recorded wins at Leeds Half, Trafford 10K, Four Villages Half Marathon and Cheshire Arley Hall 10K.
Longley, meanwhile, continued her impressive 2019 form with a comfortable victory in 1:19:30, followed by Charlene Jacobs-Conradie who clocked 1:21:27 for second spot and Dawn Godwin who took third in 1:26:18. Baldvin Magnusson won the 10K in a time of 33:39, with Samantha Illife top female in 40:18.
The big winner on the day was charity as the festival is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for a host of good causes. They included the event’s partner charities, which this year were the Jane Tomlinson Appeal; Children’s Air Ambulance; Macmillan Cancer Support; Candlelighters; Hull and East Riding Breast Friends; Special Stars Foundation and Hull Homeless Community Project.
After the race, organisers announced that the third running festival would take place at an earlier 20120 date of Sunday 19 April.