Former Boro heroes are to set make a comeback at the Riverside – but this time they will be swapping their football boots for running shoes.
Colin Cooper will be joined by a group of his former Boro team-mates for the SABIC 5k Riverside Run on the morning of Sunday, May 13.
Former stars Bernie Slaven, Gaizka Mendieta, Jim Platt, Mark Proctor and Paul Kerr, together with academy manager Dave Parnaby and Riverside head physio Chris Moseley, will be on the starting line for Middlesbrough Council’s annual road race.
And ‘Voice of the Boro’ Alastair Brownlee will be the man on the mic, as he takes control of the PA to set the runners on their way.
Entries are flooding in for the SABIC 5k Riverside Run and Asda 2k Fun Run, which both start and finish at Boro’s stadium.
Along with Boro’s big names, the starters will also include Colin’s wife Julie and their teenage daughters, Annie, Molly and Daisy in their ongoing efforts for the Finlay Cooper Fund.
The Fund was set up by Colin and Julie in memory of Finlay, the two-year-old son they tragically lost in a choking accident 10 years ago. Since then, they have raised more than £150,000 for children’s charities – and hope more people will back them again for the Riverside Run.
Many staff at 5k sponsors SABIC have agreed to raise cash for both the Finlay Cooper Fund and Zoe’s Place baby hospice, while employees of 2k sponsors Asda are doing their bit for the Tickled Pink breast cancer charity.
Colin said: “Events like the 5k and 2k are always great fun, they get people active and do plenty of good for local charities and special causes.
“Julie and I really appreciate all those who are going out of their way to raise further funds, while it will be great to have a few familiar faces around me in the shape of a few of the Boro lads.”
There’s no time to delay for those wanting to take part in either run. This year entry numbers for the 5k event are strictly limited to an Olympics-themed 2,012 – and entries are already 30% up on this time last year.
Thanks to the generous backing of Middlesbrough FC, the event’s warm-up will take place on the Riverside’s hallowed turf, while the Olympic marathon-style finish around the pitch promises to be the highlight of the day.
A wide range of family fun will also be available 9am-1pm on the day, with SABIC providing a bungee run, jungle run, human table football and shooting speed test, while Asda’s Price Guarantee road show is sure to be a big hit.
Entry for the 5k is £10 or £8 for affiliated runners. Entry for the 2k is £5. To sign up for either run, visit www.runmiddlesbrough.com