Enter Today 27th June 2021

Humber Bridge Half Marathon 2021 - Virtual

The Humber Bridge Half Marathon is a not for profit event with all proceeds after costs donated to a range of charities. Over £1,000,000 has been raised so far for a range of charities across the UK.

Registration for the Virtual 2021 Humber Bridge Half Marathon.

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Race Route

Humber Bridge Half Marathon 2020 Route


This only applies to the 2022 Event, not the virtual event. The race has a 3hr 30 minute cut off. To help you reach your target time we will once again have a team of pacers - dedicated runners who will be clearly visible with a flag identifying the time they are pacing Pacers are experienced runners giving their own time to help you. Pacer times are: 1hr 30; 1hr 40; 1hr 45; 1hr 50; 2hrs; 2hr10; 2hr30 and 3hrs. along with a rear bike at a 3hour 30 minute pace. (16:01 mins per mile)

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 past the first drink station and past the 2 mile marker to head onto the Bridge itself.

2 - 5 Miles
Runners hesd onto the southbound deck of the Bridge and reach mile 3 around the centre of the bridge span. The road then goes slightly downhill before levelling at mile 4 and then a steady climb up to the Barton upon Humber roundabout and a second drinks station, followed by another downhill section past the 5 mile point 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 alongside beautiful countryside bringing you back into the south of the town.

8 - 10 Miles
After looping around the south of Barton upon Humber and through mile 8 you pass another water station before passing under the Humber Bridge. Along a long straight flat, before 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 horizons! On reaching the summit, runners swing left down to the Barton upon Humber 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 through mile 11 to rejoin the carriageway on the east side and run back over the Humber Bridge on the bridge deck

11 Miles to Finish
Runners head back onto the bridge for an uphill run towards the central span and the 12 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

What happens after I have registered for the virtual race?

You will be sent an email of confirmation with log in details to then be able to log in and upload your proof of timing.

Do I get a medal and t-shirt?

For the 2021 virtual event, you get a medal. When we can see you all in person again, you'll get a fab medal and t-shirt for the 2022 event!

What time does the 2022 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 for 2022?

The route can be found here and in the race brochure, which you’ll receive in June 2022 with your race pack.

What about car parking?

We would recommend car sharing or using public transport. Free parking is available near the race start, follow signs on the day. Please note the Humber Bridge Car Park is closed and has NO parking for the event.

Are there prizes?

Yes for the 2022 Event! The top 5 Male and female; 1st & 2nd in V40, V45, V50 and 1st in V55, V60, V65 & V70+ M&F

1st Male and Female Team (first 3 runners from same club)

Where do runners need to go when they arrive in 2022?

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 2022 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! (only relates to the 2022 event)

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 (Cardiac Hill).

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?

Presentations for the Fun run will be made shortly after the race has. Half Marathon prizes will be awarded at around 11:30am. Both will be near the Tourist Information Centre and announced in advance.

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. Entries on the day or via our late entry tent in the Humber Bridge car park on Saturday June 27th 10am-2pm will be charged at higher price than online entries.

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?

Callum Elson: 73 Minutes & 14 Seconds
Naomi Bright: 92 Minutes & 8Seconds

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?

Details of the road closures will be published in April 2020

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: ss@heysmilefoundation.org. Alternatively you can call 01482 590270.

Terms & Conditions


The Humber Bridge Half Marathon is not for profit and ran 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 in 2022, please email: ss@heysmilefoundation.org.


Since the first Humber Bridge Half Marathon in 1999 we have generated over £1,000,000 for charities and good causes. In addition, there is the hundreds of thousands of pounds raised for charities by runners’ fundraising.

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

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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