A sure sign that the 10K weekend has arrived is the journey up to Basingstoke to pick up our bananas - very kindly donated by Fyffes.
Unless you've been to their ripening centre at Houndsmill (one of 4 in the UK), it is very hard to convey the size of the place. Employing 200 people, it has 56 ripening rooms - each requiring a 250,000 bananas to fill. Over 14 million bananas per week are ripened - needed to fuel the UK appetite for their favourite fruit which sees us consume 5 billion per year. That's an awful lot of potassium-rich food going into the national bloodstream.
We are not the only occassion to benefit from Fyffes generosity - they supplied 100,000 free bananas to events in 2015 and are set to easily match that figure this year.
For all those of you that love them as much as we do, here are some brilliant, banana facts:
The banana plant is not a tree but the world's largest herb.
The word banana comes from the Arabic word "banan", meaning finger.
If you laid all the bananas grown in a year end-to-end they would encircle the globe 200 times.
Fyffes first consignment of bananas arrived in Britain in 1888.
A medium sized banana contain about 95 calories - delivering a quick and sustainable energy boost, rich in potassium.
Our blog will keep you up to date with all the developing details of the event