Report from the ageless Phil Robinson
Having enjoyed the Humber Bridge half last year I went back East to sample this race, partly because it was designated by U.K. athletics as a qualifier for an England age-group Masters vest. A 10k race started soon after the half-marathon and followed part of the same flat, uninteresting course through the streets of Hull. Towards the end of my run I was mingling with back markers from the 10k, which attracted over 3000 entrants. The only other Otley runner was John Davis who overtook me with a cheery greeting early on, then faded a little but still managed a creditable time. The sleek African lad who won the race sauntered round about 5 minutes faster than the next runner. On balance I’d recommend the Humber Bridge race for anyone who fancies a trip to Hull.
Interestingly, this was the first race I’ve been in where entrants were offered a ‘non-binary’ designation as well as the usual male and female categories; the results listed 10 non-binaries (of 3039 finishers) in the 10k, and 5 (of 1289) in the half. I see that last autumn UKA issued a guideline for race organizers regarding ‘non-binary’ designation – something for our committee to consider.
1 – Mohammad Aburezeq (Altrincham) 1.08.41
2 – Phil Dickens (Cambridge) 1.13.00
3 – Jonathan Walton (Leeds City) 1.13.05
508 – Phil Robinson 1.55.30
676 – John Davis 2.03.49