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Published 30th Aug 2011

(l-r) Tim Whitehead and Simon Haworth who are running the Middlesbrough 10k road race in a Transporter Bridge costume.

Runners and spectators at this Sunday’s Middlesbrough 10k road race will be forgiven for looking twice when they see the Transporter Bridge jogging down the route.

But their eyes won’t be deceiving them for a special Transporter Bridge costume is being worn by two 10k runners as a way to commemorate the bridge’s centenary year.

The Transporter Bridge costume has been created for the run by Kim McDermottroe of Greener Lavelle and Shirley Wells of Funky Junk Art.

It will be worn by Tim Whitehead and Simon Haworth who both work at Middlesbrough Council.

The design of the bridge means that Tim and Simon will have to jog in unison on the route but they hope the costume will raise a few cheers.

Tim said: “We have accepted the fact that we look slightly ridiculous but as long as it gets a few cheers and laughs as we go round it will be worth it.

He added: “It’s actually not as difficult as it looks to jog in so hopefully we’ll get round intact!”

The pair are raising money for Middlesbrough Council’s charity of the year, the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support for soldiers in need.

Earlier this year the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed a £2.6m grant for refurbishment and upgrade work to the Transporter Bridge including the installation of glass viewing lifts.

To register to take part in the 10k road race or 3k fun run on Sunday, September 4, visit: or call 01642 515672

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