A new half marathon is to be held in Hull next summer on the same day as the city’s popular Asda Foundation 10K, it has been announced.
Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All is to stage the Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon on Sunday 10th June, when the Asda Foundation Hull 10K – now in its 9th year - also takes place.
Both events will include a corporate challenge, a race-within-a-race in which companies, organisations and groups of friends compete to lift the title of fastest team in the event.
The new half marathon will feature a city centre start and finish and a largely flat course offering great PB potential.
The half marathon route starts and finishes in the same place as the 10K, in Alfred Gelder Street. It takes in the waterfront and marina and then travels north of the city, along Princes Avenue, skirting Pearson Park, Newland Avenue and Cottingham Road.
It then travels on to the campus of the University of Hull, past the Brynmor Jones Library and the office of former librarian and celebrated poet Philip Larkin’s office, before returning into the city centre for the grand finish.
Since its launch in 2010, the Asda Foundation Hull 10K has grown into one of the region’s most popular 10Ks, attracting thousands of runners and raising a huge sum for good causes.
Run For All is confident the addition of a half marathon will build on the event, creating a festival of running that offers entrants a greater choice of events.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, Course Director at Run For All, said: “Whether people opt for the 10K, the half marathon or the corporate challenge, it promises to be a great day for runners of all abilities.
“We already organise two events on one day – the Yorkshire Marathon and the Yorkshire 10 Mile which take place in October – and it’s an offer that has proved very successful. Many runners tell us they want new challenges and that is what we want to deliver.”
Many Rivett, Co-ordinator at the Asda Foundation, headline supporter of all Run For All events, said: “We are delighted to support this new half marathon. There is always a great atmosphere on the day of the Hull 10K and the addition of another event will make it even more special for runners and spectators alike.”
Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism and Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure Limited, said: “It’s great news that Run For All is bringing another fantastic event to Hull. It means there are now even more opportunities for runners across the region to get involved and take part in events that support so many good causes.
“We are fully supporting this event and look forward to welcoming everyone to Hull next June.”
Steve Curtis, Partnership and Project Manager (Sport) at the University of Hull, said: “We are incredibly proud to be a part of the route for the inaugural Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon.
“We look forward to welcoming spectators and runners on to our beautiful campus next June. The route through the University will take runners past some of our fantastic new facilities, including the Allam Medical Building, the centrepiece of our £28-million health campus, which was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen last week.
“Runners will also pass the Brynmor Jones Library and the office of former librarian and celebrated poet Phillip Larkin.
“Our award-winning campus will be a hive of activity on race day and we welcome everyone who wants to come along and support the runners as they pass through.
“We place an extremely high emphasis on sport at the University and we expect many of our staff and students will be signing up to enter this fantastic event.”
Runners can choose to run for fun, for a personal challenge or to support a charity of their choice.
They are especially encouraged to raise funds for one of the event’s partner charities, which in 2018 are: Child Dynamix, Disability Sports Humber, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dove House Hospice, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Hull Homeless Community Project, Special Stars Foundation and Jerry Green Dog Rescue.
Collette Watson, a trustee of Special Stars Foundation, said: “Special Stars Foundation are delighted to be a Charity Partner for the third year running. The funds our wonderful runners and generous supporters have donated over those years have made an immense difference to the lives of local disabled people, by enabling us to widen the calendar of accessible and inclusive events we can offer.
“We are really excited about the launch of the Hull Half Marathon alongside the Hull 10k and can’t wait to share this news with all our members and supporters. If you would like to find out more about our work or join our running team, get in touch with us by emailing us at email@example.com or call us on 01482 227657.”
Jenny Sellers, fundraising assistant with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “We’re so excited that Run For All has been able to bring a half marathon to Hull. We’re really fortunate to have lots of runners support us by taking on the 10K and this will give fundraisers old and new the chance to try a great new challenge.
“If you’d like to take on a new half marathon and support children’s and cancer charities across Hull and Yorkshire, then we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Dan Clipson, community fundraising coordinator at Dove House Hospice, said: “Dove House Hospice are delighted to be teaming up with the Hull 10K again for what is sure to be another fantastic year.
“Last year’s event raised over £15,000 for the hospice and with the addition of the Hull Half Marathon, we very much look forward to promoting these two prestigious events in 2018 and challenging our supporters to cross the finish line in aid of the hospice.”
Kathryn Cheshire, Macmillan Cancer Support challenge events team manager, said: “Around 1,400 people are diagnosed with cancer in Hull every year. Macmillan can only continue its life changing work because of generous supporters who give up their time to train and fundraise for amazing events like the Hull 10k and new half marathon.
“We are delighted to be an official charity of this exciting new event and are hoping to raise over £300,000 through the Run for All series next year which will make a huge difference to people living with cancer in the UK.”
Daryl Jones, of Disability Sports Humber, said: “Disability Sports Humber supports hundreds of local disabled people to access sport. We are very excited to launch our close relationship with Run For All. Our runners will be doing sport so disabled people can access the magic of sport.”
Jane Stafford, from Child Dynamix, said: “We are very excited to be a charity partner for the debut of the Hull Half Marathon and for the Hull 10k in 2018.”
Andrew Smith, Founder and CEO of Hull Homeless, said: “Being an official partner charity is a fantastic opportunity for us at Hull Homeless, as a small independent charity we work hard to ensure that we make the best use of exposure and the chance to raise as much awareness of homelessness as possible.
“Being able to play such an active part in sport is vital for many people recovering form crisis and also for people who want to raise money for charity at the same time as achieving a personal goal like completing such a wonderful sporting event. We are proud and excited to be taking part again in 2018.”