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Matthew heads off to New York City Marathon after securing a spot through the Humber Bridge Half Marathon

Matthew Nutt


Matthew Nutt says he intends to soak up and enjoy every minute of the New York City Marathon this weekend – having secured a place in the iconic event after taking part in this year’s Humber Bridge Half Marathon.

By finishing in fourth place in this summer’s event, Matthew, of Nottingham, was one of 28 runners placed into a hat for the prize of a place in the New York event.

And he says he was delighted when his name came out and he was offered the chance to travel to the US and test himself on one of the world’s most famous routes.

An avid Humber Half fan, Matthew has run the event for the past 13 years, and even crossed the line as winner in 2015.

He says the prize of a place in the New York race – which was funded by event sponsors Hudgell Solicitors – was a great addition this year, and one which he never imagined he’d win himself.

“I am a big fan of the Humber Bridge Half Marathon as it is a great event, a really scenic and challenging course, and it is always very enjoyable with a great atmosphere,” he said.

“When the sponsors were announced for this year and the New York prize was revealed, I remember thinking what a great prize it was. I never dreamed though that I’d be here now, heading out to take part myself.”

Starting in Staten Island and crossing Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn and to Long Island City, the course then heads along First Avenue in to Manhattan.

Runners are often said to hit ‘the wall’ at around 18-20 miles as they pass through East Harlem, before heading along the east side of Central Park and into the park itself for the finish.

“I’m sure they’ll be many fantastic moments, but I imagine crossing the Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan and entering Central Park will be particularly special,” added Matthew, 31, who is originally from Scunthorpe and works as a pilot.”

Having five times completed the London Marathon, with a best time of 2 hours and 37 minutes, Matthew says he’ll be entering this Sunday’s event only with enjoyment in mind, and not with a target finish time in his sights.

Runners are often said to hit ‘the wall’ at around 18-20 miles as they pass through East Harlem, before heading along the east side of Central Park and into the park itself for the finish.

“I’m sure they’ll be many fantastic moments, but I imagine crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and entering Central Park will be particularly special,” added Matthew, 31, who is originally from Scunthorpe and works as a pilot.”

Having twice completed the London Marathon, with a best time of 2 hours and 37 minutes, Matthew says he’ll be entering this Sunday’s event only with enjoyment in mind, and not with a target finish time in his sights.

“My approach is just to enjoy every moment,” he said.

“Unfortunately, due to me doing a lot of training for my work recently, I haven’t been able to put as much time into my running as I would have liked, which is a bit unfortunate, so my finishing time is not something I’m really worried about. I’ll just soak in the atmosphere as there will be around 50,000 people taking part.”

Matthew heads out to the US today and will be based in his hotel for four nights as part of the prize. He’ll attend the New York City Marathon Health and Wellness Expo on Friday to collect his race number, before the opening ceremony and fireworks in Central Park on Friday night. Saturday is set aside for briefings and some relaxation, before heading to the start on Sunday morning.

Matthew admits he has been keeping an eye on the climate, but still has no idea what to expect.

“I know the course is a bit tougher than London in that there are more hills, but it is the weather that is hard to predict,” he said.

“This week it has been in the 22 and 23 degrees centigrade, but by Friday that is due to drop to 10 or 11 degrees. A change in wind can cause a quick 10 degree change, so I am having to take different clothing to make sure I am ready.

“I’m looking forward to getting their now and sampling it all.”

Humber Bridge Half Marathon organiser John Curry, of Hull Rotary Club, has previously run the New York Marathon himself, and says Matthew will love every minute of the occasion.

“Having experienced the New York Marathon myself having taken part years ago, I know it’s an event like no other,” he said,

“I am sure Matthew will have a fantastic time and that it will be a trip that he remembers forever.

“We were delighted to be able to offer the prize as part of the Humber Bridge Half Marathon this year. We always like to feel that we make our event that bit special every year, and adding this prize in 2016 was certainly unique in the race calendar.”

Simon Wilson, senior solicitor at Hudgell Solicitors, who are sponsoring the Humber Half for the next two years, said: “Everybody at Hudgell Solicitors wishes Matthew the very best of luck for this weekend, but most importantly we hope he has a fantastic time and enjoys every aspect of his trip to the States.

“When the idea of providing this prize was first suggested to us by the team at The HEY Smile Foundation at the early stages of planning, we really liked the idea and were very keen to make it happen.

“We look forward to seeing Matthew’s updates from his trip and hearing of his experiences when he returns.”

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