The thirteenth Tees Pride 10K and 3K on Sunday (3 September) proved to be another headline event for Middlesbrough and the region in general with over 3,000 runners competing across the two races. With the event dovetailing into the Acklam Hall summer festival the atmosphere was raised to another level, further underlining the 10k’s status one of the most spectacular in the north of England.
Since its inception in 2005, the Tees Pride 10K has continued to attract runners from all over the UK. The fast route took participants from Hall Drive through Acklam Road and Ladgate Lane. From here, the route turns left down Marton Road, Keith Road, and Emerson Avenue before arriving back at the start point at Hall Drive.
The excitement from the festival was matched on the roads as Paralympian runner Wondiye Indelbu, who placed second for the previous two years, finally claimed top spot with a thrilling victory. The Leeds AC runner crossed the line first in 30:52 and edged out Jonny Taylor (31:09), with Richard Allen (31:36) in third place.
In the women’s competition, South African ultramarathon runner Gerda Steyn showed she is no slouch across shorter distances with victory in 36:14. Birtley’s Tracy Millmore took second (36:45), followed by Jo Zakrzewzski (37:05). Of the 2638 finishers to complete the 10k, Nicola Parkes finished midplaced in 55:46.
Race director Jimmy Wattis told runABC North: “The thousands of runners are cheered on by spectators round the one lap course, but the last 1k, as the runners turn into the finishing straight, is equal to any event throughout the UK.
“Anyone wishing to be part of a fantastic event and feel the emotions that all top sportsmen feel when winning gold then this event is one everyone should pencil in for next year irrespective of your ability-be part of it!”
Full results are available in our race listings section.