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One Hull-timate time was had by all

The sun shone as the UK’ s first ever City centre urban obstacle course race took to the streets of Hull, alongside a full Resilience Fair and Humbrella Trail.

Over 2,000 participants took part in water and flood themed obstacles from swimming in Princes Quay, Tarzan Swings around the tidal barrier, crawling through water pipes and over sandbags to the Humbergeddon Water Slide outside Hull Minster.

Reactions were amazing with even one child saying it was “the best day of my life!”  

Teams from ABP, Wyke College, Gemma’s Angels and Hull University to name but a few tackled the exhilarating course all with smiles on their faces and determination to complete.

The race and fair were the brainchild of the Living with Water partnership, comprising of Yorkshire Water, Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Environment Agency.

Living with Water aims to raise awareness about flooding in and around Hull and East Riding and putting on both a fair and obstacle course gave every generation a chance to enjoy.

The younger participants had the chance to complete a 1km course in Queens Gardens along with design a rain gardens and even a Living with Water Mascot.

Race Director and former SAS soldier Rob Edmond of Urban Attack, said “Although it was a challenge to put such a mammoth event through the streets of Hull, the reaction and friendliness of the city made it a pleasure to create.”

Thanks go out to all sponsors, supporters and of course the wonderful City of Culture Volunteers, who were on hand to direct, assist and cheer on the runners throughout the day. Some even found the time to race.

Lee Pitcher, Head of Resilience for Yorkshire Water and General Manager for Living with Water, said: “We are thrilled to have hosted this event, and pleased to see so many families, teams and supporters get behind it. There is a real spirit of making a difference in Hull and this is the start of something very exciting for the Team at Living with Water, who will work hard to continue the legacy of flood awareness for years to come”

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