It’s big race day

Nick Hellewell is expected to be one of the leading Bridlington runners.
Nick Hellewell is expected to be one of the leading Bridlington runners.

BRIDLINGTON holds its annual Half Marathon on Sunday, with a bumper field expected for this year’s race.

Almost 700 runners have already signed up to take part, which is roughly the same number as those who competed last year, but entries will still be accepted on the day, so the final figure could be a lot higher.

Bridlington’s leading runner Phill Taylor will not be involved, after finishing seventh in last weekend’s Liverpool Marathon, so the home team will be looking to in-form Peter Gulc and Nick Hellewell, who was the first local home last year, to lead their charge.

There will also be a strong ladies team from Bridlington Road Runners.

Preparations are well underway, with organisers keeping a close eye on the weather forecasts.

Setting up for the race begins on the Lower North Promenade at 8.30am on Sunday.

The Fun Run, which has already attracted more than 100 entrants, starts as usual at 11.15am and the main race gets underway at noon.

Bridlington Rotary Club will be supplying a number of marshals along the course, and the Road Runners also thanked East Riding of Yorkshire Council for their help in staging the event.

The course starts and finishes on the North Promenade and heads out to Sewerby, Flamborough and Bempton.