The port city of Kingston-upon-Hull in England was the UK City of Culture last year. This year, they successfully hosted a culture-inspired Hull Marathon 2018 on September 23, 2018.
We flew Ryanair out of Brussels South Charleroi Airport on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM, arriving at 7:25 AM at Manchester International Airport. UK time is one hour behind Belgium time.
The Transpennine Express to Hull was at 8:17 AM. We switched trains at Manchester Piccadilly Station to arrive at Hull Paragon Interchange station at 10:45 AM. So far, so good. Easy peasy travelling.
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel was only two blocks away from the train station.
After checking in and dropping off our luggage, we paid the bus fare of £1.30 to Tigers Trust Arena beside the KCOM Stadium.
The marathon village was open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
We made our way back to the center of the city for some sightseeing.
As usual, we opted for an early night to be fresh for the race the following day.
The race started at 9:00 AM at the West Park near the marathon village. Buses had restricted routes the morning of the race. We took the bus to the start line but had to get off a few stops away since the roads were already blocked.
The organizers were generous with the six hour time limit but strict with its No Headphones policy.
The course had us traipsing by several cultural structures, marked by giant posters plastered on the pavement.
I crossed the finish line at KCOM Stadium also right next to the marathon village in 5:37:53.
We were fortunate to have free late checkout so I took a shower before traveling back to Manchester.
We stayed overnight at Radisson Blue at the airport since our Ryanair flight back to Brussels was not until Monday at 7:50 AM.