This year’s East Hull 20 was timed to fit in with the Hull Marathon, so ended up falling on Mothering Sunday. Not being a Mum I wasn’t rally affected, so duly entered to insure I did a 20 mile run at marathon pace. I decided to run with Alex Cleeland, who ran the Lisbon marathon last year – and was also going to run the Hull Marathon. Alex and I had also done many of our long training runs together, much of which had taken us on
The course takes you from the east side of Hull – as the name suggests! – and out on the A165 towards Bridlington before heading up to the village of Swine, onto the Old Hornsea Railway line and then onto lanes around Long Rishton and back, to head down the railway line path and to East Hull Harriers Hut on Salthouse Road. Alex and I ran out at a good pace, slightly faster than the 7:30 mile pace planned to start with. However, we maintained our pace once it settled and went through halfway nearly a minute ahead of the plan.
There was little wind and determined to catch a man in a dress (so we weren’t out run by him!) we actually increased our pace at mile 15! It was also great temperature wise and overcast so conditions were spot on. Alex and I also kept together, and when Alex tried to drop back at mile 18 I told him we were going to maintain it for the final two miles – as we had nearly a minute in the bag to get our 2:30 target. In fact we ran over the line to record the exact same time of 2:29:39, not even sprinting to the finish and felt great. The fastest twenty miles I’d ever run and over 11 minutes quicker than a year earlier. Indications were great to finally break the 3:30 in the Hull Marathon!