Thousands of runners pulled on their trainers and hit the streets today to make the first Asda Foundation Hull Running Festival a huge success.
The festival featured the popular Asda Foundation Hull 10K – now in its ninth year – and the first running of the new Asda Foundation Hull Half Marathon.
Both events also included the MKM Corporate Challenge, in which companies competed to be the fastest firm in the race.
There was a fantastic atmosphere as large crowds cheered the entrants around both routes, which started in Alfred Gelder Street and took in some of the city’s cultural and historic landmarks.
First across the finish line in the half marathon was Shaun Hobson who romped to victory in a time of 1hr 17mins 41secs. Andrew Summerscales took second place in 1hr 18mins 50secs, with Stephen Maddison finishing third in 1hr 19mins 57secs.
Lindsay Skinner was the first woman home in 1hr 24mins 07secs followed by Lindsey Eastman who clocked 1hr 24mins 18secs for second spot and Natalie Bell who took third in 1hr 27mins 18secs.
Alan Oliver won the 10K in a time of 33mins 53secs. He was followed home by Matty Smith who crossed the line second in 34mins precisely with Alec Gibson taking third in 34mins 12secs.
First woman home was Katie Clark who clocked 37mins 24secs. Jenny Knass finished second with 38mins 47secs and third spot went to Sophie Lee in 38mins 59secs.
Tristan Batley-Kyle, head of events at festival organiser Run For All, said: “We are delighted at the response to our first Hull Running Festival. The 10K was as popular as ever and the addition of the half marathon provided an excellent challenge for those people wanting to up the miles.
“Throw in the friendly rivalry generated by the corporate challenge in each race and it was a day that offered something for everyone.
“We are grateful to everyone involved in the festival, particularly the hard-working volunteers who contributed so much to its success.”
The event is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for local good causes and Many Rivett, Co-ordinator at the Asda Foundation, headline supporter of all Run For All events, said: “Many congratulations to everyone involved, particularly the runners whose efforts support the work of some excellent charities. It’s quite inspiring to see so many people take on a challenge for a cause close to their heart.”
Runners could choose to run for fun, for a personal challenge or to support a charity of their choice. They were especially encouraged to raise funds for one of the event’s partner charities, which this year were: Child Dynamix, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dove House Hospice, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Hull Homeless Community Project, Hull and East Riding Breast Friends, Special Stars Foundation and Jerry Green Dog Rescue.
Jane Tomlinson Appeal Fundraising and Events Assistant Jenny Sellers said: “A huge, huge thank you to the 150+ runners who are taking part for the Appeal. Every single one of you deserves a huge round of applause for helping to improve the lives of children and people affected by cancer.”