GET SET FOR BIG RACES! Countdown Begins for Town Runs

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), January 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

GET SET FOR BIG RACES! Countdown Begins for Town Runs


Byline: SANDY McKENZIE

IT'S on you marks for the start of the build-up to one of the highlights of Teesside's sporting calendar - the Middlesbrough 5k Road Race and 2k Fun Run.

For the first time Boro's Riverside Stadium will be the venue for both the start and finish of the road race and fun run.

Teesside-based SABIC UK Petrochemicals is sponsoring the 5k race and supermarket giant Asda is sponsoring the fun run. The events are on Sunday, May 13 - just a few weeks before the London Olympics.

Middlesbrough Olympic hopeful and British long jump record holder Chris Tomlinson helped start the build-up to the events. With the Voice of the Boro - Alastair Brownlee of BBC Tees - Chris is encouraging Teessiders of all shapes, sizes, ages and fitness levels to take part in either run.

This year entry numbers for the 5k event will be strictly limited to an Olympics-themed 2,012.

Chris said: "This event is already a special one in Teesside's sporting calendar and both the SABIC 5k Riverside Run and the Asda 2k Fun Run promise to be the best, with runners being cheered home by their family and friends in the Riverside stands.

"Five kilometres is a good distance to get people involved as it's not overly challenging, while 2k is great fun no matter what your age."

The 5k run will follow a course passing landmarks including the 100-year-old Transporter Bridge, the old Town Hall and the former homes of Middlesbrough's founding fathers, Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan.

The event is being organised and supported by Middlesbrough Council with the backing of Middlesbrough FC. …

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