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Published 4th May 2011

Craig Hignett, Graham Fordy, Jimmy Wattis and Curtis Fleming

It's been the scene of so much footballing drama and elation over the years.

But in the next two weeks Boro’s Riverside Stadium is to play host to a sporting endeavour of a different kind.

For the very first time the route of the Middlesbrough ‘Healthy Town’ 5K Road Race will go inside the Riverside Stadium.

Organisers have collaborated with the football club to create this unique opportunity for runners on Sunday, May 15.

Runners will go in via the north-west corner of the stadium, run along the side of the pitch and exit out the south-west corner.

Jimmy Wattis, Race Director, said: “To take the 5k inside the Riverside Stadium is a fantastic addition to the race.

“Runners will run along the touchline where the greatest managers of the game have stood.

“They will also be able to take in the view of the stadium from a player’s perspective.”

The stadium is just one of the icons the route takes in alongside the Transporter Bridge, Temenos, and mima and Centre Square.

This year the Middlesbrough ‘Healthy Town’ 5K Road Race and the 2k Fun Run also pay tribute to 100 years of Teesside’s favourite icon the Transporter Bridge.

The race medals reflect the milestone with a special design incorporating the Transporter Bridge.

The 5k and 2k races, now in their third year, have proven extremely popular with runners of all abilities, from elite athletes to small children and pensioners. Both runs start on Albert Road near the Town Hall.

Jimmy Wattis, Race Director, said: “We are hoping at least 1,911 people take part in the 5k and 2k this year which would be a fitting tribute to the Transporter Bridge’s centenary.

“These events are fun and are for everyone.”

Money will also be raised on the day for charities with the Finlay Cooper Fund, which raises money for local children’s charities, being the lead charity for the races.

Book your place

To get your place booked online visit www.runmiddlesbrough.com

Hard copy application packs can also be picked up at leisure centres, libraries and other council facilities or by contacting 01642 515672.

Entry fees for the 5k are £10 (non affiliated) and £8 (affiliated) and £5 for the 2k Fun Run.

The 5k race is for runners over the age of 13. All ages are welcome for the 2k fun run and Fancy Dress is welcome.

Closing date for postal and online entries is 12 noon on Friday, May 13. Any entries received after Tuesday, May 10 will need to pick up their race packs on the day.

On the day entries will be accepted but the fee will be £12 and these runners are not guaranteed a T-shirt and medal.

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