A leading East Yorkshire forecourt operator has donated thousands of pounds worth of bottled water to ensure runners remain hydrated during the Humber Bridge Half Marathon.

The iconic 13.1-mile race is a major event in the running calendar and enjoyed a record year in 2015, attracting more than 2,100 runners and raising £38,000 for charities.

Now, Sewell on the go is helping to quench runners’ thirst for the third consecutive year, making sure 7,000 bottles of water are available to the runners on Sunday, June 26.

The total value of the donation over the three-year period is about £15,000, cementing the business’s community support and ‘giving back’ ethos.

The Humber Bridge Half Marathon is organised by the Rotary Clubs of Hull and Barton, with support from the Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Smile Foundation and main sponsor Hudgell Solicitors.

Patrick Sewell, Managing Director of Sewell on the go, said: “Our support for the Humber Bridge Half Marathon is linked to the fact we are a main supporter of the HEY Smile Foundation and I am a trustee of the charity, therefore we want to help them support a local event which focuses on health and wellbeing.

“The half marathon is one of the largest events in the local calendar and it seems a natural fit as the largest local 24-hour forecourt operator in the region to support an event with water.

“We hope it’s a wonderful success once again and everyone has a safe and enjoyable race.”

Serving more than four million customers every year from 12 high quality fuel and convenience stores across Hull and the East Riding, Sewell on the go makes sure communities and customers have everything they need to keep going, at home or on the move, day or night.

Andy Barber, manager of the Smile Foundation, said: “An event like the Humber Bridge Half Marathon could not run without water and this incredibly generous donation from Sewell on the go is the perfect example of fantastic corporate support for a wonderful community event.

“A total of 1,261 runners competed in the first race in 1998, with more than 24,000 since helping to raise an estimated figure of more than £500,000 for good causes.

“The event continues to grow and we can’t thank Sewell on the go enough for its continued support.

“We hope this partnership can continue for many years to come.”

To enter the Humber Bridge Half Marathon, which costs £23 for UKA affiliated runners and £25 for unaffiliated runners, visit www.humber-half.org.uk/signup