The Asda Foundation Hull Running Festival got off to a flying start on Sunday (10 June) with the event including, for the first time, a half marathon race. The 13.1 mile test attracted over 1300 runners, while a further 3000 took part in the 10k event.
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 was Driffield Striders’ Shaun Hobson who romped to victory in a time of 1:17:41. Andrew Summerscales took second in 1:18:49, with Stephen Maddison finishing third in 1:19:57. Lindsay Skinner secured the women’s title in 1:23:58, followed by Lindsey Eastman (1:24:52) and Natalie Bell (1:27:14).
In what was the ninth year of the 10k, Alan Oliver of Sleaford Striders claimed top spot in 33:53 – Matty Smith (34 flat) and Alec Gibson (34:12) were second and third respectively. Top spot in the female competition went to Katie Clark in 37:20, with Jenny Knass (38:46) and Sophie Lee (38:58) following.
The festival is expected to raise a substantial amount for good causes with many taking part to support the event’s partner charities, which this year included: 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.
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.”