Hundreds to hit the road for annual East Hull 20 race
RUNNERS from across the region are gearing up for the annual East Hull 20 road race.
Hundreds of runners are expected to take part in the event on Sunday, March 17.
The 20-mile race starts at East Hull Harriers and Athletics Club's (EHH) clubhouse in Saltshouse Road and follows a circular route out of the city taking in the villages of Swine, Benningholme, Arnold and Long Riston before returning to Sutton along the disused railway track.
Brian and Pauline Jennison, race directors, said the course is "fast and flat".
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Brian, 65, of east Hull, a member of EHH, said: "It is always a very popular race and attracts people from a lot of different running clubs.
"This year, we have runners coming from all over the country to take part.
"The course is quite flat and follows a lot of quiet country roads. It is very scenic and that adds to the appeal of the race."
The route is notoriously fast due to the absence of any major elevation changes and runners often use the race in preparation for the Virgin London Marathon, which is held in April.
Brian said: "It is more or less a perfect time for people looking to build up to the London Marathon.
"It is about five weeks before the marathon and a lot of training schedules include a run of this distance around that time so that helps attract runners."
East Hull 20 is the biggest race of the club's calendar and is oversubscribed each year.
Last year, 502 runners took to the roads of Hull and the East Riding and so far more than 250 entries have been taken for this year's event.
Brian and Pauline's son, Alan, used the race last year to prepare for the Manchester Marathon and will be competing again ahead of the London Marathon.
He said: "It is at a perfect time for runners who are preparing for spring marathons and because of the nature of its course it is a good stepping stone.
"Last year I was a bit behind on my training so the race was a good guide as to where I was and it definitely helped me with the Manchester race.
"Hopefully, it will have the same effect this year."
The course has been accurately measured to Road Runners Club of the UK standards.
Organisers say the race will be marshaled and there will be drink stations.
The closing date for entries is Wednesday, March 16, but organisers are advising to book early to avoid disappointment.
Entry costs £18 for UK Athletics (UKA) members and £20 for non-UKA members. Entry forms are available on the club's website at www.east hullharriers.com
For more information about the race, call Brian and Pauline on 01482 812138.