The 2020 Hull Marathon and Relays event has sadly been cancelled.
Today would have been four months to go until the much-anticipated event on 27th September, however instead we are disappointed to announce it will no longer take place.
With current Covid-19 restrictions in place we remain unable to confirm the necessary permissions from all relevant authorities to allow the event to go ahead, making it impossible to undertake all the necessary preparations.
The proposed route would also be significantly impacted by delays to engineering works around the city, due to disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, part of the route is being used as a Covid-19 testing centre which may still be operational in September.
As all mass participation events in the UK are currently suspended and many re-scheduled for later in the year, the autumn marathon diary is becoming increasingly congested.
The safety of the volunteers who help co-ordinate and marshal our event is paramount and many are classed as vulnerable and are shielding or taking extra precautions in line with social distancing.
For all these reasons, it has been determined that the only solution is to cancel the event.
Lucas Meagor, race director said: “Like many other race directors, I am hugely disappointed to confirm the decision to cancel our 2020 event. However, faced with the logistical challenges and so many unknowns at this stage, after consulting the local authorities it was agreed it is no longer viable to continue planning for this year’s event.
“Instead we will use the time to prepare for 2021 and any changes needed for guidelines that may remain around the impact of Covid-19 to return with a bigger and better event.
“I’d like to express my sincere thanks to our partners and sponsors for their ongoing support and to all competitors for your understanding.
“We really hope you’ll be able to support us next year and we look forward to seeing you then.”
The Hull Marathon, Fitness and Health Show, due to take place at the Bonus Arena on Saturday 26th September, has also been postponed and will take place in conjunction with the 2021 event.
Plans are now underway to stage a virtual event which will incorporate music and art in keeping with the cultural ethos of the event. This will be open to people of all ages with the aim of raising funds for our five charity partners P.A.U.L for Brain Recovery, Dove House Hospice, Nurture a Child, Hull Animal Welfare Trust and Hull and East Riding Breast Friends. More details will be announced in due course.
Entrants to the 2020 event will automatically have their place transferred to 2021, the date for which will be confirmed as soon as possible. Arrangements for the transfer of places or other options if the date is not convenient will be communicated once the details are known.
In the meantime, anyone wishing to purchase Hull Marathon merchandise, zip-top hoodies or technical t-shirts can still do so via the website.