After the success of Leeds half marathon last weekend, the Jane Tomlinson Run for All team are preparing for the next race in the series, Hull 10K. Over 3,000 runners are expected to hit the streets of the city on Sunday on what will be the event's fifth staging.
Starting and finishing in Hull city centre, the route takes competitors along the Humber, past some of the city's best-loved landmarks including the Marina and The Deep, and through Hull's historic heart. Known for offering a flat course, the race has thrown up some fast times, with the top five runners in the 2013 event all finishing in under 35 minutes. Local runner Thomas McKee (34:17) narrowly missed out on victory in last year's race, with James Pearson taking pole poisition in a time of 34:01.
Among those taking part will be Hull FC favourite Andy Dawson, who is leading a team of 20 as part of his testimonial year celebrations. Andy, who will also be starting the race, holds the unusual distinction of being the only player in England to have played for the same team in all four divisions of the Football League.
Andy, who is raising money for his chosen charity The Daisy Appeal, said: "I'm really looking forward to it. The Hull 10K is a great event; it's a brilliant experience for those running but also raises a lot of money for charities. A lot of that money stays local, too, which is really important. I hope lots of people turn out to support the runners on the way round - do give us a wave if you see us!"
Run For All Event Lead Emma Griffiths said: "The Hull 10K is always incredibly well-supported in the city and we know this year will be no different. We're really looking forward to it and hope lots and lots of people come along and cheer on our runners right to the finish line."