New spring date for Hull Festival
The Asda Foundation Hull Running Festival will shed its summer date for an earlier showing in 2020, organisers Run For All have confirmed. With the addition of a 13.1 mile event in 2018 on top of the well-established 10k, the event expanded to become a far bigger affair with close to 4000 taking part.
The new date, which will see the 2020 festival take place on Sunday 19 April, is likely to draw in an even bigger crowd and reflects Run For All's ambition in making it one of the central events in East Yorkshire.
Starting and finishing in Alfred Gelder Street, the largely flat course offers great PB potential and takes in 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.
This year saw Kirsty Longley and Mohammed Abu-Rezeq as convincing winners at the 13.1 mile event. Abu-Rezeq took the title in 1:08:41, ahead of Phil Dickens (1:13:00) and Jonathan Walton (1:13:05). The Altrincham & District athlete has enjoyed a prolific season with wins at Leeds Half, Trafford 10K, Four Villages Half Marathon and Cheshire Arley Hall 10K.
Longley also continued her impressive 2019 form in Hull with a comfortable victory in 1:19:30. Baldvin Magnusson won the 10K in a time of 33:39, with Samantha Illife top female in 40:18.
The change of date for 2020 surely means that competitors can look forward to potentially quicker times in 2020 and with a fast course already on offer, this was perhaps a contributing factor in Run For All's decision.