Sign Up 30th June 2019

20th Anniversary Humber Bridge Half Marathon 2019

The Humber Bridge Half Marathon is a not for profit event with all proceeds after costs donated to a range of charities. Over £700,000 has been donated so far.

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In our 20th Anniversary year we are introducing Pacers. These are dedicated runners who will be clearly visible with a flag identifying the time they are pacing. If you have a time in mind, you can stay with the pacer to help you meet your target. Pacers are experienced runners giving their own time to help you.

We will have two pacers for each of the following target times:
1hr 30; 1hr 40; 1hr 45; 1hr 50; 2hrs; 2hr10; 2hr30 and 3hrs. They will be easy to see at the starting area.

A bike will be at the rear maintaining a pace that will bring you through 11 miles within 3hrs (16:21 mins per mile). You will need to keep with this pacer to enable you to finish the race within the 3 hour cut of period.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information regarding noticeable changes to route

In recent weeks the Humber Bridge Board, Rotary Club of Hull and LKR Events, who have reviewed the course for 2019, have been in close discussions regarding ongoing bridge works. The safety of the Humber Bridge, for traffic and pedestrians is a high priority and the ongoing work to ensure the Bridge is fit for purpose is also reliant on the weather. Having reviewed all options, the race has no alternative this year to now reroute onto the east side footpath out and back in lieu of the bridge deck. The race will still cover the correct distance of 13.1 Miles.

The Bridge will remain open in both directions throughout with single file traffic in both directions along some of the A15 between the Bridge Plaza and Barton junction. Cyclists and pedestrian traffic will still be able to cross via the footpath adjacent to the northbound carriageway, which will be opened for the duration of the race.

What happens after I have registered for the race?

Runners’ packs with number, timing chip and full instructions will be posted to your entry address in the first week of June. Please contact us if your address changes.

Do I get a medal and t-shirt?

Of course! They’re good ones too.

What time does the Half Marathon and the Fun Run start?

The half marathon will start at 9am and the Fun Run starts at 9.10am.

Where can I check the route?

The route can be found here and in the race brochure, which you’ll receive in June with your race pack.

What about car parking?

The best advice is to arrive early and follow instructions. We will confirm details closer to the time via this page and social media. Car parking is free.

Are there prizes?

There are prizes awarded for the fastest finishers in the following categories:
Men: 1st to 5th, 40-44 (2), 45-49 (2), 50-54 (2), 55-59 (1), 60+ (1), 65+ (1)
Women: 1st to 5th, 35-39 (2), 40-44 (2), 45-49 (2), 50-54 (2), 55-59 (1), 60+ (1), 65+ (1).

Where do runners need to go when they arrive?

The pre-race assembly is held in the lorry park at the Humber Bridge carpark. It will be signposted on the day and can be seen on the route map.

Where and when must I display my race number?

Your number must be worn on the front of your vest and not covered in any way. It must be visible at all times during the race. Please also write your personal information on the back, including emergency contact details.

How does the chip timing system work?

You will be issued with a disposable electronic tag and fixing ties to record your time. This is to be attached to your shoe (full instructions come with the tag). There is no need to return your tag at the finish, but please remember: no chip, no time!

What is the code of conduct on roads?

You must remain on the left hand side of the road unless directed otherwise by the police or race officials. Please follow any instructions given by the race marshals. Ignoring such instructions will lead to disqualification. The use of any type of earphones during the race is totally prohibited.

How do I know where the water stations are?

They are marked on the route map and well sign-posted clearly on the course itself. A sponge station is also based on Gravel Pit Road in Barton.

What changing facilities are provided?

There are no specific facilities on site. There is a secure area provided for car keys and small bags.

Where are the toilets?

Toilets are available in the start assembly area/finish area, Humber Bridge café area and in the marketplace at Barton.

Where are results displayed?

Results from previous years can be found here. On the day results will be displayed at the race control centre. You can also opt-in to receive your finish time via text.

Where is the prize presentation?

This will take place in the finish area when the main bulk of runners have completed the race.

How much does it cost to enter?

The half marathon is £26 (unaffiliated), £24 (affiliated). The cost of entering the Fun Run £5.

Can I enter on the day of the race itself?

Yes, unless the race is already at full capacity. If it looks like the race will reach full capacity we will communicate this on our website and via social media. For entries on the day the price is £30 (for both affiliated and unaffiliated runners) and £5 for the Fun Run. We will also have a late entry tent in the Humber Bridge carpark on Saturday June 29th 10am-2pm.

How far is the Half Marathon?

13.1 miles.

How far is the Fun Run?

2.5 miles.

How old do you need to be to enter the Half Marathon?

17+ on the day of the event.

What is the route like?

Tarmac road, mildly undulating apart from a hill at four miles and a steep hill after nine miles.

What are the course records?

Darren Bilton: 67m05secs.
Jenny Blizzard: 77m55secs.
There is a £250 prize for a new course record (male and female).

What kind of runner does the race attract?

A mixture of both club and unattached runners. Everyone is welcome!

How long could it take me to run the race?

The majority of runners will take between 2 to 4 hours. There will be a sweep vehicle to collect any runners unable to complete the race. The finish area closes around 2pm

Is the course suitable for wheelchairs?

Unfortunately, due to the steep gradient, it is not suitable. Assisted push chairs and wheelchairs are allowed in the Fun Run.

Can you tell me about the road closures?

Road closures will be from approximately 8am-10am in Hessle and longer for affected slip roads on the A51 in Barton upon Humber.
Roads closed will be:
• Ferriby Road from the Humber Bridge roundabout to the junction with Barrow Lane.
• The whole of Barrow Lane up to the junction with Swanland Road.
• Swanland Road itself from the cross road with Barrow Lane and Pulcroft Road to the junction with Boothferry Road.
Heads Lane from Boothferry Road to Ferriby Road
Woodfield Lane from Davenport Ave to Ferriby Road
• A15 offslip for Barton upon Humber A1077 southbound from 4am to 11am
A15 onslip northbound from Barton upon Humber A1077 4am to Noon.

Is there somewhere I can leave my bike?

There is a secure bike area to leave your bike during the race. Please be aware that all bikes are left at the risk of the owner.

Is there medical support available on the day?

We have full medical coverage, but please only take part if you are in good health and fit for the weather conditions on the day.

Where can spectators watch?

There are spectators along the whole route cheering runners on. For family and friends wishing to see runners cross the finish line they can assemble in the Humber Bridge carpark at the finish line.

Can I wear headphones while running in the Humber Half?

No, headphones including bone conductor headphones are not permitted in this race.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please use our social media pages, or email: Alternatively you can call 01482 590270.


The Humber Bridge Half Marathon is not for profit and ran entirely by volunteers.

If you’d like to get involved we have a wide range of positions available ranging from marshalling to supporting water stations and giving out t-shirts to race finishers.

We’d also love to hear from people interested in joining our race committee to help with logistics and race planning.

For more info on volunteering, please email:


Since the first Humber Bridge Half Marathon in 1999 we have generated over £700,000 for charities and good causes, , simply from entry fee surplus after all essential costs are paid for (e.g. medical support, licenses, insurance, etc.) This figure doesn’t take into account money raised for charities by runners’ fundraising.

We have supported a wide range of charities local to the event and also international Rotary charities. These include:


Spectators help make the Humber Bridge Half Marathon the great event it is! There are some great viewing points along the route where you can cheer runners on. It’s also a great atmosphere watching the runners start the race on Ferriby Road, Hessle. Family and friends wishing to see runners cross the finish line can assemble in the Humber Bridge carpark at the finish line.

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