More than £15,000 handed to charities from Humber Bridge Half Marathon
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
More than £15,000 has been handed out to charities across East Yorkshire thanks to the fundraising efforts of those taking part in the 2016 Humber Bridge Half Marathon.
A record year saw more than 2,200 runners take on the challenging course in the 17th year of the annual event in June, leading to three main charity beneficiaries receiving donations of £5,000 each.
The money was presented to The Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group, Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and The Brain Tumour Charity after all costs of staging the event had been covered.
Race Director John Curry, of organisers The Rotary Club of Hull, said he was delighted to have again raised such a high amount for good causes, and to be supporting three very worthwhile charities.
“The great thing about the Humber Bridge Half Marathon is that not only is it a fantastic event in its own right on the day itself, with a wonderful atmosphere, but the impact of it is long lasting, with the money raised going a long way to help many good causes well into the future,” he said.
“It was a really good decision to support three main charities this year rather than just one, as these donations of £5,000 will go a long way for each of the beneficiaries, and we are delighted to have been able to make such an impact for them from our event. It is what makes it so worthwhile.”
Small donations were also made the Rotary Club of Barton, which supports Hull Rotary Club in organising the event, and the HEY Smile Foundation, who have been event partners for the past three years, in recognition of the roles they play in making the event a success.
Since the formation of the Humber Bridge Half Marathon 17 years ago, it is estimated that through entrance fees and runner sponsorship, more than £1m has been raised for good causes across the region.
This year, headline sponsors Hudgell Solicitors also provided a prize of a place in the New York City Marathon for one runner, which was won by Matthew Nutt, a regular Humber Half runner from Nottingham. He spent four nights in the States earlier this month and completed the race in 2 hours and 52 minutes.