Thousands set to head to Hull for one of region’s biggest charity road runs

Tigers legend Dean Windass today [Monday 29th Feb 2016] helped kick off the official countdown to the Asda Foundation Hull 10K 2016. 

Former striker Dean, who famously propelled Hull City into the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history, will be pulling on his trainers to join the expected 5,000 runners set to take on the 10K on Sunday 19th June.

Dean said: “The Hull 10K is a great event for the city. I had a fantastic time taking part last year and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in again on Sunday 19th June to run for the Hull Tigers Trust.

“I’d encourage people to dig out their trainers and come and take a run at this brilliant event which raises tens of thousands of pounds for some amazing local charities.”  

Boasting a flat course and a fantastic atmosphere, the event has established itself as a firm favourite on the city’s sporting calendar. It has raised well over £800,000 for a variety of charities since its launch in 2010.

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Now in its seventh year, Hull 10K runners are in for a change of scenery in 2016. Due to Hull’s fantastic achievement in being crowned 2017 UK City of Culture, a number of improvement works are ongoing in the city.

As a result, there will be a number of changes for 2016. Whilst the first 5km of the run remain unchanged, taking runners along the waterfront and past the iconic Deep, there are some tweaks to second half of the course.  Runners will now have a short two-way section near the Marina, and an extended section at the northern point will see runners once again pass by Hull’s New Theatre – a fantastic point for spectators and charities to cheer on runners.

Another change to the route will see runners pass the Event Village on Queens Gardens at the 7.5km point, as well as a few hundred metres from the finish line.  With the charities based here, family activation and entertainment, the atmosphere in this area is set to be electric!

Charlie Tatman, Event Team Manager, said: “Over the past seven years the Asda Foundation Hull 10K has grown into an extremely successful event and has raised huge sums of money for some excellent local good causes.

“The large crowds who offer fantastic support to the runners help create an amazing atmosphere and we are very much looking forward to this year’s event.”

Asda Foundation Senior Manager, Julie Ward, said: “The Hull 10K is now a well-established part of the Asda Foundation Series and an event that is very popular with many of our Asda colleagues. Many thousands of pounds will be raised for some excellent causes and we wish all those taking part the very best of luck.”

The large field will also include hundreds of businessmen and women competing in the KC Hull 10K Corporate Challenge, in which companies, sports clubs and other organisations will be going all out to lift the title of fastest team in the race.

Brendon Smurthwaite, KC’s Community Co-ordinator, said: “The Hull 10K brings a fantastic atmosphere to the city and we are delighted to be involved again. The corporate challenge brings an added dimension to the event and is a great opportunity for companies to promote team bonding and engage in a bit of friendly rivalry.” 

The Hull 10k is organised by Run For All and forms of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who raised nearly £2m by completing a series of gruelling endurance events despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

It is also part of the successful Asda Foundation 10K series which includes runs in Lincoln, Nottingham, Burnley, Leeds and York.

The race is supported by Asda Foundation, KC, Hull City Council, MKM Building Supplies, Arco, Runner’s World, Hull Daily Mail, Viking FM, Banana Kick, LTS and Aftershokz.

Anna Harvatt, Internal Communications and CSR Manager, of leading safety equipment specialists Arco, said: “It is always inspiring to see so many thousands of people taking to the streets of Hull for this excellent event. We are delighted to give it our backing and are already looking forward to Sunday June 19th.”

People taking part can run for one of the event’s partner or support a good cause of their own choice. The partner charities are the 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.

Noemie Salvaudon, of Candlelighters, said: “Candlelighters is here to support children with cancer and their families. We offer practical, emotional and financial support to patients, their parents, sisters, brothers and grand-parents, as well as funding research, staff and equipment. Team Candlelighters has grown over the years, and we are looking forward to running and volunteering at the Hull 10K again this year.”

Emily Ford, Macmillan Cancer Support regional challenge event programme manager, said: “Macmillan is delighted to be a partner charity at the Hull 10k in 2016.  Last year we were able to raise over £24,000 from our incredible runners and this money is already at work helping the lives of people affected by cancer. But we still need your help. By 2030, the number of people living with or beyond cancer in North and East Yorkshire will fill Hull City’s KC stadium over four and a half times. Join the green team today and help make a difference for the future.”

Jane Stafford, Child Dynamix CEO, said: “We are looking forward to being a partner over the next three years. The race is a real celebration in Hull, with a great atmosphere. We are hoping to raise funds to support two aspects of the charity’s work, our Toybank and youth work.”

Anyone interested in taking part in the race or volunteering  at Child Dynamix should contact the 01482 221425; email lkelly@childdynamix.co.uk  or visit www.childdynamix.co.uk.

Pam Trays, Hull & East Riding Breast Friends (HER) vice-chairman, said: “HER are once again very proud to be an official charity partner for the 2016 Hull 10k.   As the local charity supporting people affected by breast cancer, we rely on events such as this for fundraising and donations to support our on-going projects such as our Wig Bank, Buddleia Complementary Therapy Room and Pink Pamper Day to name but a few.  We really do try to make a difference, encouraging a positive approach to living with the disease.  If you would like to run, jog or walk on our behalf or give your time as a volunteer to marshal the event we would be extremely grateful.”

For more information please contact us on 01482 221368 or visit www.herbreastfriends.org.uk.

Phoebe Broad, of Dove House Hospice, said: “Dove House Hospice are thrilled to be part of the Hull 10k again this year. The money raised by runners makes such a huge difference to people in Hull and East Yorkshire with life limiting illnesses and their families. It is only with the support of our local community that we are able to continue delivering high quality, specialist palliative care. We’re so excited to see you all there on 19th June. We will be there cheering you on!”

Kim Seddon, Jane Tomlinson Appeal Fundraising Officer, said: “The Asda Foundation Hull 10K is a fantastic event and we look forward to welcoming all the runners who will be supporting some tremendous local good causes.”

Collette Watson, Special Stars Foundation Trustee, said: “Special Stars Foundation are delighted to be chosen as a partner charity for the Hull 10K. We are a local charity supporting disabled children and their families by offering a range of inclusive and subsidised activities, events and trips. This year we will field a team of 50 runners and this will be our biggest fundraising day of the year. We have no fixed income and rely on fundraising events like this to continue to provide our much needed services which are described as ‘a lifeline’ by our member families. To join our running team, or to  volunteer as a race marshal, or for any other enquiries please contact us on info@heyspecialstars.co.uk or for more information about the services we offer please go to our website www.heyspecialstars.co.uk or call 01482 236488.”

To enter and for more information about Run For All events visit www.runforall.com.

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