Hull Marathon: Golden Oldies
Hull Marathon Relay
Having taken part in a number of relays with East Hull Harriers over the last few years the opportunity to be part of a relay team in The Hull Marathon was too good an offer to turn down.
So after a few conversations The Mile House Gang consisting of Dave Borrill, Kelvin Westerman, Bernie Child and myself was created. Although none of us are young whippets we decided to give everything we could on the day.
I ran leg one in 44m15s, Dave leg two in 60m, Kelvin leg three in 67m16s and Bernie ran the last leg in 38m40s to give us a combined time of 3h30m02s! We finished in 11th position out of 119 teams which we were all over the moon with particularly when you consider our combined ages are over 230 years!
We all thoroughly enjoyed the event, the support throughout the course was fantastic and the marshals were all friendly and encouraged everyone all the way. A great t-shirt and a medal exclusive to the relay runners was ample reward for the day’s efforts and I’m sure The Mile House Gang will be back next year.
Impressions of Hull Marathon 2015
The event was well organised. There was great support especially in east Hull. Loads of encouragement from the Harriers and those from the Park Run. The marshals were very supportive. It was a great experience running in a “home” marathon.
After a steady start Andy Fewster draws alongside me and we run together at the same pace for about 6 miles. Lots of shouts to encourage us.
At 12 miles there is along steady climb up to the Humber Bridge. Then its onto the bridge and a big cheer from Harriers at the relay changeover. I see Harriers towards the head of the field coming back across the bridge. I spot Darren, Steve and Shaun amongst others.
Its half way in 1hr 50min and I`m happy with that.
Then it’s over the bridge and along the flat of Far Ings Road. A chance to spot more Harriers. There is a steady climb back up to the middle of the bridge and it’s another hard mile.
Approaching Hessle Square Helen Horrobin storms passed me. Have I slowed up that much? Then I realise she`s running a relay leg.
Things start to get hard at 20 miles. The last 6 miles seem interminable. I feel out of it. At the 25 mile, on the docks, mark a marshal shouts you are on for 3hrs 45min if you keep going. If only!! A big last effort although it feels more of a shuffle.
Great encouragement in the Old Town on the approach to the finish. Then its over, with splits of 1hr 50 and 1hr 53 and a finish time of 3hrs 43 and qualification for London.
The race was well organised, well marshalled and had great support. It was enjoyable (afterwards). Compliments to the organisers and all the volunteers for a great race. I hope it takes place again next year.