In its 20th year, the Humber Bridge Half Marathon has noticeable course changes for the first time.
Following a review of the course by the Humber Bridge Board, in the interests of safety of competitors an announcement had been made in relation to an updated route for the Humber Bridge Half Marathon, which takes place on 30 June 2019. Having raised in excess of £1,000,000 over 20 years, the race runs with the goodwill and co-operation of the Bridge Board. Delivering a road race, which includes one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, does present some challenges. The Rotary Club of Hull are immensely grateful to the Board for their co-operation.
In recent weeks the Humber Bridge Board, Rotary Club of Hull and LKR Events, who have reviewed the course for 2019, have been in close discussions regarding ongoing bridge works. The safety of the Humber Bridge, for traffic and pedestrians is a high priority and the ongoing work to ensure the Bridge is fit for purpose is also reliant on the weather. Having reviewed all options, the race has no alternative this year to now reroute onto the east side footpath out and back in lieu of the bridge deck. The race will still cover the correct distance of 13.1 Miles.
A spokesperson for the Humber Bridge said, “The long term works taking place on the Humber Bridge to complete the Main Cable Inspection prevents installation of additional traffic management. The lane one closure on the Northbound carriageway has been installed to ensure a safe working environment for contractors completing the works and to deliver safe passage for all customers crossing the Humber Bridge.
“Originally, the plan was to host the Humber Bridge Half Marathon on the Southbound carriageway with a contra-flow safely in place on the Northbound carriageway. The lane one closure prevents the safe implementation of a contra-flow and so we took the difficult decision to move the Humber Bridge Half Marathon to the east side footpath.”
John Curry, Event Director, added; “We have a close relationship with the Humber Bridge, alongside the other partners with whom we work with to provide an exciting route centred around the iconic Humber Bridge. We appreciate many runners will be disappointed at no longer having the unique chance to run over the Bridge deck in both directions for the first time.
This race has become a firm favourite for local runners and for those from further afield with timed pacers included for the first time. It has its challenges but what a fabulous feeling when completed”.
Lucas Meagor of LKR Events and Race Director added: “Having worked hard to meet the needs of the Bridge to update the route, we are sorry to now return to the footpath. However, this has also been a contingency in the event unforeseen circumstances made the route on the Bridge deck unfeasible. The race will continue to offer runners the challenge of the Humber Bridge and retain the other route updates.”
LKR Events have worked with the Rotary Club to develop the amended route which retains the event highlights. The Bridge will remain open in both directions throughout with single file traffic in both directions along some of the A15 between the Bridge Plaza and Barton junction. Cyclists and pedestrian traffic will still be able to cross via the footpath adjacent to the northbound carriageway, which will be opened for the duration of the race. The 2 mile Fun Run will support the charity Downright Special this year, a very worthwhile cause.
Entries for both the Half Marathon and fun run are still open for entrants and you can enter online or on the day of the event.
More information on the route is available at https://humber-half.org.uk/.
[Sarah Shepherdson – Smile Foundation]