Runners of all abilities are being urged to take part in two fantastic runs in Middlesbrough which this year which will pay tribute to 100 years of Teesside’s favourite icon.
The Middlesbrough ‘Healthy Town’ 5K Road Race and the 2k Fun Run take place on Sunday, May 15.
The 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 and their routes pass through the shadow of the landmark Transporter Bridge which spans the Tees.
The Transporter Bridge was built in 1911 and to commemorate its centenary this year the 2K fun run will be called the Transporter Centenary 2K Fun Run.
To reflect the year in which the Transporter Bridge was built, 1911, race organisers are also hoping to get at least 1,911 participants taking part in both the 5k and 2k. Last year more than 1,000 took part in both races.
And the T-shirt and medal which runners will receive on completing the races will be limited edition commemorative items with the iconic image of the Transporter Bridge on them.
Councillor Brenda Thompson, Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “The 5k and 2k races are hugely enjoyable races for everyone, from the serious athlete, to the fun runner and, like myself, the walker.
“As a wonderful symbol for our town and the wider area we thought it was a great idea to celebrate the centenary of the Transporter Bridge through the runs.
“We want the whole of Middlesbrough and the Teesside area to show its love of running and their love of the bridge by having at least 1,911 people taking part in the races this year.
“So don’t hesitate – places are limited so get your application in soon!”
Jimmy Wattis, Race Director, said: “We want the whole town and surrounding districts to feel part of these events, to join in the fun and feel a sense of pride when crossing the finish line and picking up a medal.
“These events are really for everyone and with a little bit of training everyone is capable of completing either the 2k Fun Run or 5k Road Race.
“They also act as excellent stepping stones for the Tees Pride 10k Road Race and PCT 3k Fun Run on September 4.
“We are delighted the races will this year celebrate the centenary of the Transporter Bridge and we know our participants will feel the same.”
Jimmy added he was working with Middlesbrough FC to take the route of the 5k inside the Riverside Stadium for the very first time.
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 there will be an extra charge of £12 and these runners are not guaranteed a T-shirt and medal.