3 Jun

Sunshine And Smiles At The Riverside

Middlesbrough 5K The Middlesbrough 5K once again saw a series of quick times, with the top three competitors all posting sub 15 minute performances. Sunday’s race also brought with it one of the warmest days of the year, over 1300 runners enjoying a sun-soaked finish at the Riverside Stadium.

Part of Active Middlesbrough Tees Pride Race events, the 5K Riverside Run started and finished at the stadium and took competitors past some of the town’s most iconic landmarks including the Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough College, St Hilda's Clock and Temenos.

In a competitive field, Gateshead’s Matty Hynes (14:16) edged out Wondiye Fikre Indelbu (14:32) to take victory, with Ian Hudspith in third place (14:50). Hynes’s victory caps off a great early summer season after he was selected last week to represent the Great Britain senior team in the European Cup 10,000m Championships in Skopje, Macedonia.

Hynes commented after the race: “There’s a great atmosphere in the stadium today, and it’s always nice to have everyone cheering you on. I knew if I turned up in good shape, I’d be hard to beat. I felt a bit sluggish today so I was pleased to get a road race personal best. I’m ready for Saturday now.”

In the women’s competition, Danielle Hodgkinson followed up her victory at the Sunderland City 10K with another impressive performance. The Wallsend runner finished in 16:35 (a PB too), with Sharon Barlow in second 17:22, and Alex Snook in third position (17:45). The mid-point competitor, Phil Ashcroft, completed the race in 25:38, while the last runner came home in 53:15.

Next up is the Tees Pride 10K, which will celebrate its 10th year on Sunday 31 August. For more information and to enter, visit the event website.