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17 July 2020

Author: Gavin Woodruff


It is with regret that Greenpower Education Trust and Hull City Council announce the second Hull Street Race is unable to take place in 2020 as planned.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Hull City Council has cancelled all events until November 2020. As a result, Greenpower and Hull City Council have agreed not to hold a Greenpower event in the city centre this year.

The event would have seen young people from the Humberside region take part in a series of events in electric racing cars they had designed and built themselves. The street race was due to welcome participants from all three of Greenpower’s categories: Goblins (ages 9-11), Formula 24 (ages 11-16) and Formula 24+ (ages 16-15).

Greenpower and Hull City Council both share a common desire to hold a street race in the future, however it is too early to determine the feasibility of such a mass public event in the city while the focus remains on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greenpower Education Trust CEO Paul van Veggel

“We’re disappointed that the Hull Street Race is unable to take place this year, but we hope to return to the streets of Hull in the not-so-distant future. Our priority remains the safety, wellbeing and welfare of our participants and we understand and fully support the decision of Hull City Council. The first street race in 2019 was a huge success, and we’re grateful to the Council for its continued support in providing young people the opportunity to showcase skills they have nurtured through the design, build, race challenge.”

“Young people across the country have faced great uncertainty in recent months. It is currently unclear what measures may be in place when schools and universities return for their new terms, however Greenpower remains committed to supporting our participants, old and new, in any way we can to getting back to education. We fully intend to continue providing a unique experience to inspire young people into science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).”

Leader of the Council Cllr Stephen Brady OBE

“Hull City Council regrets that the Greenpower Hull Street Race will not take place in 2020. The Greenpower challenge encourages our young people into skilled roles in STEM, and this year’s event was set to be even more ambitious that the inaugural edition in 2019. We hope to welcome Greenpower back to Hull for another fun, educational, and family-friendly event in the future.”