The 2017 Ali Brownlee Riverside Run takes place on Sunday, July 2 and is already a firm favourite with local people passionate about good causes.
Thousands are due to go under starter’s orders in less than a fortnight, with many competitors in both the 5k and 2k Fun Run hoping to raise much needed funds.
This week representatives of some of the key local charities and their colourful mascots took to the track at Middlesbrough Sports Village to get the ball rolling.
Charites taking part include Daisy Chain, Arch North East, Zoe’s Place, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Teesside Hospice and Cleveland Alzheimer’s.
Runners include Sam Hussain, a volunteer for this year’s lead charity the South Cleveland Heart Fund.
The 45-year-old got involved four years ago after suffering a stroke and heart complications due to dangerously high blood pressure.
He was part of the team that set up the £1 million Scanner Appeal, and has since been elected vice chair of the Heart Fund.
He said: “Our aim is to keep the cardiology department at the cutting edge of technology, training and equipment to ensure the hospital remains among the very best in the world.
“The Ali Brownlee Riverside Run is the perfect way to raise awareness, spread the word and raise the funds that change so many lives.
“We’re delighted to be this year’s lead charity, and look forward to another fantastic event.”
The Ali Brownlee Riverside Run was first renamed last year in honour of the local broadcasting legend who died last February after a short battle with cancer.
Middlesbrough Council and leisure services partner Everyone Active are hoping for another record turn-out for the run which takes in some of the town’s most striking landmarks including Temenos and the Transporter Bridge, before a memorable finish beside the hallowed turf inside the Riverside Stadium.
Paul Ayre, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We are delighted to be delivering the second Riverside Run in partnership with Middlesbrough Council.”
“We are committed to encouraging the local community to be more active, and it’s fantastic that over 2,000 people have already signed up for the 5k and 2k run.
“We wish everyone taking part the best of luck for the day.”
Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “The great turn-out for Runmiddlesbrough events – both by competitors and those cheering them on – mean they’re ideally suited for charity fund-raising.
“It’s an inspiration ever year to hear the stories of those who put in the hours of training to complete the course and raise vital cash for causes that mean so much to them.
“I’m sure this year will see new records set for the numbers of charities taking part and the sums raised, and I wish everyone taking part the best of luck.”
- To register for either the 5k or 2k please visit runmiddlesbrough.com
Entries are also being taken for the 2017 Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k and 3k Fun Run which takes place on Sunday, September 3.
For further information contact Jimmy Wattis on 01642 200833