Volunteer race stewards at Hull Marathon were assaulted by drivers angry at the road closures

volunteer stewards assaulted at hull marathon

Organisers of the Hull marathon have condemned angry motorists who assaulted volunteer race stewards at the weekend. More than 1,600 runners took place in the race on Sunday, which inevitably led to road closures across the city.

Race organiser Lucas Meagor has since told the BBC that a number of different stewards were involved in incidents with angry motorists. Meagor revealed one steward was throttled by an angry driver, and another was taken to hospital after being by a brick.

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Meagor said the attacks were “absolutely unacceptable”, telling the BBC: “we know people ihgt have been frustrated by the road closures, we don’t dispute that, but there is a way to conduct yourself and respond.

“Physically assaulting people who are working on the event, verbally abusing and spitting at people who are giving up their time to make the event happen is just absolutely appalling.”

The police were called to the event a number of times throughout the day in response to motorists driving at stewards, or driving onto closed roads.

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