Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

So Proud after 10k Success; Thousands Turn out for Tees Race

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

So Proud after 10k Success; Thousands Turn out for Tees Race

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THERE are sure to be plenty of weary legs across Teesside today.

But thousands of people will also be feeling proud of themselves, after taking to the streets of Middlesbrough in this year's Tees Pride 10k.

About 3,200 people pulled on their running shoes for yesterday's event, which is fast becoming a firm fixture on the distance running calendar.

Supporters turned out in their droves to cheer on friends and family, as they pounded the pavements of Acklam Road, Ladgate Lane and Marton Road -back to the finish line on Hall Drive.

The race was won for the second year in a row by Morpeth Harrier Ian Hudspith, 38, from Newcastle, who finished in 30 minutes and five seconds.

Ian said: "I found it much harder than last year. It was really hard work, but it's such a great event. To have 3,000 people running out there is an excellent achievement."

Angela Hibbs, from Chesterle-Street Athletic Club, wasn't too far behind him and won the women's race with a personal best of 35 minutes and 55 seconds.

"The 36 minute mark has been a bit of a milestone for me," said Angela, 28, from Gateshead. I've been trying to get under it for ages and I've been close the last few times. I just needed the right course and the right conditions. I knew I had it in me somewhere."

Paralympic legend Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson delighted the crowds by again taking part in the wheelchair race with husband Ian.

Tanni, from Eaglescliffe, said: "It's great to be able to come down the road to an event like this, as opposed to driving about four hours minimum.

"It's a really nice course and with it being a square event it's very fair, so what you have to climb you get to come down again.

"There were more people out on the course than last year. There were some people at about the 7k mark drinking cups of tea and I thought 'hmm that would be nice'."

The winner of this year's wheelchair race was Dame Tanni's protg Brian Alldis, 23, who had travelled from Bury St Edmonds.

Brian, who competed in the Beijing Paralympics, last year, clocked a lightning-quick time of 23 minutes and 10 seconds and has his sights firmly set on London 2012.

Brian said: "It's a really brilliant course. It was amazing. I was pushing into a headwind to start off with, but then it was a tailwind on the way home, which was great."

There was also a 3k fun run sponsored by Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust, and those fancying gentler exercise could take part in a family fitness extravaganza at King's Manor School.

Race organiser Jimmy Wattis said: "In the present financial climate, I was just hoping to get similar numbers to last year, but once again the numbers have gone up.

"Any industry where there's an increase year on year - you have got to be pleased. …

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