At the outset of this blog I should state this is my views and not that of the event organisers!
When the 2015 Hull Marathon was flagged up as finally being a definite, I was interested in getting involved on the organising side as opposed to running it as it was an opportunity to potentially work on an event which was something that had shaped my life. In 2012 I had run the much reputed event that had resulted in a course shorter than it was supposed to be due to numerous reasons. Getting involved in 2015 with a new company on the case also meant helping to restore faith in the city's ability to deliver such a major event.
When the date was announced most people thought I would look to run it as my 40th marathon. However, it was three weeks too early (I had said I needed to be 40 first) and too close to have as my 39th in case of a major injury occurring.
In October 2014 I attended a consultation meeting and introduced myself to the man behind the new event, Phil Haskins, who would be the Race Director. Having explained my background, I agreed to get involved and oversee the volunteers needed, to be known as "Marathon Makers", using my experience as a Games Maker and more to develop the programme. I will admit I'd underestimated what I was taking on, but loved what developed.