parkrun has gone viral on Teesside over the last few months with the introduction of three new events since April. The upsurge started in April with the arrival of the free weekly 5k run in Redcar at Locke Park and continued at Tees Barrage International White Water Centre on June 23 when 127 participants toed the line for the inaugural event. Now Middlesbrough gets a second parkrun when Stewart Park in the southern suburb of Marton, stages its own event from this coming Saturday (July 7).
The parkrun flag has been flown on Teesside since 2008 by the highly successful event at Albert Park which started with just 26 runners but now sees regular turn-outs of 250/300. Run organisers are hoping that the new events will not impact too greatly on the original Albert Park run but reckon that the differences between the courses at Albert Park (flat) and Stewart Park (hilly) will bring an added dimension to the parkrun experience in the city.
The first Stewart parkrun, like all park runs in England, starts at 9.00am. Entry is free but you must register online in advance. For more information visit the Stewart Park website. Post-run refreshment and analysis will take place at the Stable Bock Café.