Starting line in sight for first Great Tees 10k

The Simplyhealth Great Tees 10K will take place on Saturday, September 8 as part of the Simplyhealth Great North Run weekend. Pic by Dave Charnley.

The starting line for the very first Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k is just around the corner.

Taking place on Saturday, September 8, as part of the Simplyhealth Great North Run weekend, the inaugural run follows a flat, closed road route that starts and finishes on Riverside Road and takes in some iconic landmarks including the Infinity Bridge, Tees Barrage and Newport Bridge.

The Great North CityGames Elite Mile is coming to Stockton for the first time, after ten years on NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

The men’s and women’s elite mile races are for world-class athletes who will take each other on at lightning pace, trying to beat each other – and the clock!

As well as the 10k event, there’s also shorter races that children and young people can enjoy – giving them the chance to experience their own finish line moment and wear their medals and running t-shirts with pride.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton Council’s cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said: “We are incredibly excited that one of the biggest sporting weekends in the country, with the Great North Run taking place the day after, is extending to include exciting elite-level athletics in Stockton.

“To also be hosting our first ever 10k race, as well as the mini and junior runs, is a real source of pride and goes to show how Stockton-on-Tees has a first class events programme – with something for every member of the family to get involved in.

“All races can be watched for free – it’s the perfect opportunity to come down to Stockton and support your friend or family member in their race, or simply soak up the atmosphere!”

The event is being brought to Stockton thanks to a new partnership formed between Stockton Council and the Great Run Company.

The Great Run Company organises the UK’s leading mass participation series, including the world’s biggest half marathon, the Simplyhealth Great North Run.