The Humber Bridge Half Marathon 2020
27th Jun 2020
This prestigious race sees runners cross the iconic Humber Bridge, which is the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world that can be crossed by foot. In 2018 it attracted runners from all over the UK and abroad (Poland, Denmark, Austria, America, Puerto Rico and Australia!)
START – 2 MILES
The Humber Bridge Half Marathon starts a short walk from the Humber Bridge Car Park on Ferriby Road, Hessle, between Heads Lane and Barrow Lane, with a loop around the west side of the town of Hessle, before heading through the Humber bridge Car Parks and the 2-mile marker to head onto the Bridge itself.
2 – 5 MILES
At this point runners move onto the foot way adjacent to the southbound carriageway, reaching the 3-mile point near the centre of the bridge. The path then goes slightly downhill until rejoining the carriageway at the 4-mile marker, before a steady climb up to the Barton roundabout and a second drinks station, followed by another downhill section past the 5-mile point and through the town of Barton upon Humber.
6 – 8 MILES
Runners are then greeted with another climb passing the 6-mile marker before a refreshing downhill section. The midpoint follows then the 7-mile post and a long flat section of the course in beautiful countryside.
8 – 10 MILES
Shortly after the 8-mile mark is another water station before passing under the Humber Bridge along a long straight flat. Then comes the toughest challenge on the course: ‘Cardiac Hill’ – a 1 mile climb taking runners from the 9 mile post. Halfway up the hill is a further water and sponge station. Don’t be deceived by the false horizon! On reaching the summit, runners swing left down to the Barton roundabout and pass the 10 mile point.
10 – 11 MILES
Runners head down the long drop on the slip road towards the bridge and leave the carriageway to go through the final water station. They then drop down and back under the bridge to immediately turn back on themselves to rejoin the footpath on the East-side and run back over the Humber Bridge.
11 MILES TO FINISH
The 11 mile point is passed as runners head back onto the bridge for an uphill run towards the central span. As runners pass the centre span of the bridge and the 12 mile marker. From the centre it’s all downhill as the race heads off the bridge back and spirals down through mile 13 and towards the finish line.