We're running for city status – literally!
The campaign to make Middlesbrough a city will be brought to the attention of more than 1,000 runners this weekend when the 5k and 2k runs take place in the town.
Middlesbrough is one of a number of towns from across the UK bidding to become a city as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.
The Middlesbrough ‘Healthy Town’ 5K Road Race and the 2k Fun Run take place this Sunday (May 15).
A team backing Middlesbrough’s City Status will be taking part in the races with special ‘City at Heart’ T-shirts.
Thousands of flags, stickers and balloons will also be handed out to runners to spread the word on the bid and give the running events a real ‘City at Heart’ theme.
Rob Nichols, who runs Boro fanzine Fly Me To The Moon, is part of the City Status team running in the 5k.
Rob said: “I’m really looking forward to the day and helping to spread the word on the City Status bid.
“When people come together in Middlesbrough for brilliant events like the 5k and 2k it really shows that we are a city at heart.”
Sharon Caddell, who leads the Albert Park 5k run on Saturday mornings is also part of the team.
Sharon said: “Running is becoming more and more popular in Middlesbrough and the Park Run in Albert Park is now one of the most popular park runs in the country.
“It will be great to have all the runners on Sunday backing the city status campaign because we definitely deserve to be a city.”
These shirts are available now made of a comfortable sport fabric in a wide range of sizes from the Albert Park visitor centre or the Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office and Tourist Information Centre on Albert Road. It's perfect for the weekly albert Park parkrun or the 5k or 2k on Sunday! Cost; £12
Entrance to the runs is still available. Fees for the 5k are £10 (non affiliated) and £8 (affiliated) and £5 for the 2k Fun Run. To apply visit: www.runmiddlesbrough.com
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.
The 5k starts at 10.20am and the 2k at 11.15am. Participants are advised to arrive early with road race routes closing from 9.30am.