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Humber Bridge Half Marathon

Report by Fiona Hernandez

Sunday 30 June 2019 saw the 20th anniversary of the Humber Bridge Half Marathon. John Chatwin, Chris and Rod Cooper and Lolly and Fiona Hernandez met in the car park for the obligatory team photo!

The race started in Hessle with a two mile loop around the west side of Hessle, before approaching the Humber Bridge. The bridge is the longest single span suspension bridge in the world that you can cross by foot. Rod and Fiona were very brave and faced their fear of heights as the bridge is super high! Mile 4 saw runners heading towards the village of Barton with the first of the hills to climb, which in the red hot sun was challenging! Then it was downhill running through pretty countryside. At mile 9 we hit ‘Cardiac Hill’ a 1 mile climb, which again in the heat was tough! Thankfully from mile 10 we ran downhill to rejoin the slip road heading back towards the bridge. Mile 11 saw us climbing up the footpath along the bridge, with a cool breeze greeting us. Once at mile 12 it was, thankfully, all downhill to the finish.

This was a really well organised race, with ample parking, extra water stations and a sponge station, encouraging marshals and a fabulous medal and t-shirt waiting for us at the end.
Results:
John Chatwin 1:32:15 – 1st male for Ripon and in 48th place
Lolly Hernandez 2:16:19 pb – 1st lady for Ripon
Rod Cooper 2:23:56
Fiona Hernandez – 2:29:22
Chris Cooper 2:49:57