The sixth edition of the Asda Foundation Hull 10K saw almost 4,000 participants take part in an event that is fast becoming one of the most popular in the Humberside sporting calendar. The race saw local runner Alec Gibson take first place in 33:31, with Jo Maddick leading the female field home in 36:28.
Former Hull City striker Dean Windass and home-grown boxer Tommy Coyle helped get the race underway in the heart of the historic city centre, alongside the Lord Mayor, Councillor Anita Harrison. Starting and finishing in Hull city centre, the route saw competitors run along the Humber, past some of the city's best-loved landmarks including the Marina and The Deep.
Gibson, who had secured first place at the Goole River Bank Challenge the previous week, set a PB en route to victory, with Les Ball second in 33:55 and David Sedgwick third in 34:21. In the women’s competition, Maddick finished almost two minutes ahead of closest competitor Catherine Jeremiah (38:25), with Emma Yates in third (38:32). New dad Tommy Coyle – who is preparing for a hotly-anticipated bout against fellow Hull boxer Luke Campbell – clocked an impressive finish time of 49:51, while Dean Windass finished a second ahead.
The Hull 10K is organised by the Run For All team and is part 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, Burnley, Leeds and York.
On the event’s fundraising significance Julie Ward, Asda Foundation Manager, added: “The Hull event continues to go from strength to strength and it is inspiring to see so many people taking on the challenge to support some excellent charities. All those involved – runners, spectators, volunteers and organisers – are to be congratulated for making the run such an enormous success.”