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Thousands of Runners Flood Middlesbrough’s Streets for this Year’s Ali Brownlee Riverside Run

By Published July 02, 2018

MORE than 2,500 runners from across Middlesbrough laced up their trainers and took part in one of the region’s most iconic road races on Saturday (1 July).

The Ali Brownlee Riverside Run, which is being organised by Everyone Active on behalf of Middlesbrough Council, is an annual running event that is enjoyed by runners of all ages and abilities.

This year, the road race celebrated its 10th anniversary, and achieved its highest ever number of participants, attracting more than 2,500 adults and children from across the region.

Runners passed some of Middlesbrough’s most iconic sites including the Transporter Bridge, Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s monumental Temenos sculpture and finished with a lap of the Riverside Stadiums pitch cheered on by friends, relatives and residents.

The event is organised in memory of Ali Brownlee, who was not only proud and passionate about Middlesbrough Football Club, but also the town and its people. He was committed to supporting as many people, organisations, projects and events as he could, no matter how big or small.

After initially running the 10k, Ali went on to commentate on every Middlesbrough 10k and Riverside Run, encouraging every single runner over the line and always making the last runner feel as important as the first. After Ali passed away in 2016, the event was renamed to commemorate his dedication to the race and commitment to the town. 

Jimmy Wattis, Everyone Active’s events manager said: “We are over the moon that 2,500 runners of all ages and abilities joined us for this year’s Ali Brownlee Riverside Run.

“We are committed to working in partnership with Middlesbrough Council to encourage the local community to lead healthier, more active lifestyles and the event provided a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get active this summer. The race was a great success, and we look forward to working with the Council to begin planning next year’s run!”

Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member with responsibility for sports development, said: “The Ali Brownlee Riverside Run is an event that has really captured the public’s imagination.

“It was fantastic see a record turn-out in celebration of a much loved and missed character, and the glorious weather was an added bonus.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part, from the organisers to the runners, walkers and charity fund-raisers for making the Ali Brownlee Riverside Run a day to remember.”

For more information about Everyone Active, visit: www.everyoneactive.com


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