Thousands of big-hearted runners braved the warm weather to complete the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k around the roads of Middlesbrough on Sunday – an event combined with the popular Acklam Hall Summer Festival.
10k runners of all ages, shapes and fitness levels followed a route along Acklam Road towards the Blue Ball Hotel, along Ladgate Lane and Marton Road and onto Belle Vue and finally back towards Acklam Road and a finish on Hall Drive.
Teesside Gazette sports writer Dom Shaw, of New Marske Harriers, was the winner of the 10k in 31 mins 10secs, more than a minute ahead of his fellow Teessider Greg Jayasuriya in second place.
Clear winner in the women’s race was Gerda Steyn in 33 mins 58 secs, who passed the finish line nearly three minutes ahead of her nearest rival, Jane Hodgson.
Hundreds more runners took part in a 3k fun run. First boy and first girl home were brother and sister Max, 14, and Louis Creasey, 13, with 10-year-old sister Eden finishing third in the girls’ race.
The runs combined with Acklam Hall Summer Festival which featured live music and entertainment including stalls, the Dudley Arms Beer Tent and Acklma Hall Gin Bar, inflatables and stalls.
10k event organiser Jimmy Wattis said the 14th Tees Pride 10k had been “hugely successful”.
“The event puts Middlesbrough up there with the best in terms of delivering high-profile runs,” he said.
“The crowd coming out to support the runners just gets bigger and better, proving what a tight-knit, supportive community we are.
“The sight of people putting every ounce of energy into not only the run but often to raise money for worthy causes is inspirational. It makes me, as the event manager, so proud to be involved.
“To top it off, the event now dovetails into Acklam Hall’s Summer Festival, making it truly an occasion not to be missed.”
All runners received an official T-shirt and medal, designed and produced by Teesside firm Emmerson Marketing.
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