Nine members of staff from NHS Hull CCG are limbering up for this year’s Asda Foundation 10K race organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All. The staff have been training relentlessly during lunch breaks and favouring runs over the rush hour commute to prepare themselves for the city centre run.
Practising what they preach, this is the first race for many of the members of staff who are working towards creating a healthier Hull. Although fundraising separately, they took up training together and have had the support of ‘Fitmums’ coaches to get them race ready.
Christine Ebeltoft, Engagement Officer, said: “I’m really excited about taking part in my first ever 10K run. I didn’t think I’d be able to run 5k never mind this! Training with my team mates has been a blast, and the whole office is supporting us.”
Some of the team are raising money for personally chosen worthy causes including local charity ‘The Daisy Appeal’ which brings medical equipment to the region for cancer, heart disease and stroke diagnosis and research, and ‘Marie Curie Cancer Care’ the national charity devoted to providing support and high quality end of life care to the terminally ill.
Sue Lee, Head of Communications and Engagement, added: “My husband and I will be taking part in the race on Sunday for The Daisy Appeal, we’ve been training for around two months - I’ve ran in force 10 gales, hail, pouring rain and glorious sunshine but it’ll be worth it when I cross that finishing line.”
Members of staff who have opted not to run the race have volunteered to marshal the event, with many others planning on cheering on the runners around the route.
Shona Byron, Commissioning Project Support Officer, said: “It’s been a great way to build up staff morale and relationships across the departments, as well as increase our fitness and raise money for good causes.”
L – R: Colin Hurst, Christine Ebeltoft, Shona Byron, Emma Latimer, Gill Dowley, James Dawson, Matthew Carter in their ‘Creating a Healthier Hull’ t-shirts ready for the Jane Tomlinson 10K Run for all on Sunday 8th June. Sue Lee and Bernie Dawson are also running though not pictured.
Notes to Editors:
- The Jane Tomlinson Appeal aims to raise funds for nationwide children’s and cancer charities.
- Jane Tomlinson Run for All is in partnership with the Asda Foundation Hull 10K which is in its fifth year and features a host of charity partners; Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Hull & East Riding Breast Friends, Candle Lighters, CLIC Sargent, Dove House Hospice, The Echoes Foundation, Hull Children’s University, Macmillan Cancer Support, Martin House Children’s Hospice and Yorkshire Cancer Research.
- The race starts at 9:30am following a ‘mass warm up’ on Alfred Gelder Street in the city centre. Runners have the chance to take in iconic landmarks including The Deep, Queens Gardens and the Guildhall whilst making their way around the 10K route.
- More information on Fitmums can be found here: www.fitmums.org.uk
- NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is led by a membership of 57 local GP practices. The CCG has a budget of around £362m to commission hospital, community and mental health services to meet the needs of the people of Hull.
- Our vision is to Create a Healthier Hull, and in order to achieve this we work in close collaboration with our partners to improve health, reduce health inequality and secure excellent services for all the communities in Hull.