Thousands of runners were in seventh heaven today as they crossed the finish line in the Asda Foundation Hull 10K.
It was the seventh running of the highly popular event which, since its launch in 2010, has become a firm favourite on the city’s sporting calendar.
The streets burst into colour as the huge field of runners made their way around the course cheered on by large crowds who helped create a fantastic atmosphere.
The run is expected to generate a big cash boost for causes including the event’s official partner charities which this year were Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Hull and East Riding (HER) Breast Friends, Candlelighters, Dove House Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Special Stars Foundation, Jerry Green Dogs Rescue and Child Dynamix.
Runners included David and Julie Rooms, the parents of 14-year-old Hope, who tragically died in February after a courageous battle with a rare childhood cancer. Her bravery inspired people across the East Riding and beyond and also won her the Hull Daily Mail’s Pride of East Yorkshire Award.
David and Julie helped to get the runners underway, along with the Lord Mayor and Lord Mayoress of Hull, who was celebrating her birthday.
There was lots of encouragement, in particular, for five retained firefighters from Withernsea fire station, who completed the course dressed in full kit with breathing apparatus on their backs.
Jim Thompson, Scott Rumblow, Dean Duglas, Andy Fisher and Danny Evans took on the challenge to raise money for the Special Stars Foundation, which supports children with disabilities and their families.
The race was won by Arron Larkin who crossed the finish line in a time of 33mins 10secs. Nev Watson took second place in 33mins 38secs with Ben Sadowyj third in 33mins 48secs. Carla Stansfield was the first woman home in 37mins 22secs followed by Emma Yates who clocked 39mins 07secs for second spot and Helen Baynham who took third in 40mins 20secs.
Asda Foundation Senior Manager Julie Ward said: “It was wonderful to see so many people turn out for today’s Hull 10K, including all the spectators who created such a great atmosphere. The fundraising efforts of the runners will boost the work of some excellent charities. Congratulations to everyone involved today.”
Among those taking part were hundreds of businessmen and women competing in the KCOM Hull 10K Corporate Challenge, in which companies, sports clubs and other organisations were out to lift the title of fastest team in the race.
Brendon Smurthwaite, KCOM’s Community Co-ordinator, said: “Well done to all the teams who took part in the corporate challenge. Their participation contributed to an excellent 10K that did the city of Hull proud.”
Event Director Charlie Tatman, with race organiser Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the success of today’s run. A special thank you must go to all the volunteers who gave up their time and are such a vital part of the event.”
The run is part of the successful Asda Foundation 10K series which includes runs in Lincoln, Nottingham, Burnley, Leeds, York, Bury and Sheffield.
It is supported by Asda Foundation, KCOM, Hull City Council, MKM Building Supplies, Arco, ViiSana, Hull Daily Mail, Arla Protein, Viking FM, BananaKick, LTS and Aftershokz.
Entries for the 2017 Hull 10K are now open at /10k/hull/