New race routes for Hull's Run For All Jane Tomlinson 10k
TWO shorter "sister" routes have been launched as part of a city charity run.
This year's Run for All Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k will now also have two races alongside it – the 2.5-mile Humber Dash and the one-mile Maritime Mile.
The two shorter routes have been introduced for people who want to take on a charity fitness challenge, but feel the Hull 10K might be a bit tough for a beginner.
The first person to sign up to the Humber Dash was delivery driver David Hawkings, 56.
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The Spring Bank resident has recently lost 2.5st.
He said: "My mother, Maisie Hawkings, died of cancer in 1997, so I'm doing it in her memory.
"It will obviously be a challenge for me, but doing it in her honour will spur me on."
David says he was much heavier when he went through a difficult period in his life.
He said: "In July 2011, I lost my job and I split up with my partner of that time.
"I was feeling depressed and had thoughts of suicide. I knew I needed to get help.
"My weight went up as a result."
David was referred to City Health Care Partnership CIC's Healthy Routes service in Ferensway.
With help from the staff there, David soon started to lose weight.
In November 2011, he got a job working as a delivery driver for a bakery and he became more motivated with his fitness.
David said: "I still suffer from the odd bout of depression but exercise really helps.
"I've got more confidence and my self-esteem has got better because people have been complimenting me on how I look.
"I haven't got a set goal time for the 2.5 miles – I just want to run it as fast as I can."
The Jane Tomlinson's Run For All event will take place on Sunday, May 19.
Visit forallevents.co.uk/run-for-all to enter.