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Published 11th Jun 2018

The event, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, offers something for everyone in the local community.

Runners from across Middlesbrough are being urged to tie up their trainers, put on their fitness gear and enter one of the borough’s most iconic road races. 

The Ali Brownlee Riverside Run, which is being organised by Everyone Active on behalf of Middlesbrough Council, is taking place on Saturday, July 1 and there is still time to take part.

Entries will close on Monday, June 25 and numbers are limited. 

The event is organised in memory of Ali Brownlee, who was not only proud and passionate about Middlesbrough Football Club, but also the town and its people. He was committed to supporting as many people, organisations, projects and events as he could, no matter how big or small. 

After initially running the 10k, Ali went on to commentate on every Middlesbrough 10k and Riverside Run, encouraging every single runner over the line and always making the last runner feel as important as the first. 

After Ali passed away in 2016, the event was renamed to commemorate his dedication to the race and commitment to the town.  

The event, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, offers something for everyone in the local community. 

The 5km race provides the ideal opportunity for runners to either take on their first road race, or more season-athletes to try and beat their PB. Alternatively, people of all ages and abilities can enter the shorter 2km fun run, which is perfect for families and youngsters.   

Runners will pass some of Middlesbrough’s iconic sites including the Transporter Bridge, Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s monumental Temenos sculpture, finishing with a lap of the Riverside Stadiums pitch being cheered on by friends, relatives and the community. 

Jimmy Wattis, Everyone Active’s events manager said: “We are delighted to be delivering the Ali Brownlee Riverside Run in partnership with Middlesbrough Council. 

“We are committed to encouraging the local community to lead healthier, more active lifestyles and the event provides a great opportunity for everyone to get active this summer. I would encourage runners of all ages to enter the race and come and join in the fun.” 

Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member with responsibility for sports development, said: “The Riverside Run is a lasting celebration of a much missed character, and is a firm fixture on the regional running calendar. 

“It’s a challenge for all the family, and its growing popularity is a testament to a great event, and the genuine affection in which its namesake is held. 

“I’m looking forward to another fantastic event that will do Ali proud.” 



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