With a little less than two weeks until race day, there’s still space for anyone looking to take part in one of the North East’s acclaimed races, the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10K. The 10k, organised for Sunday 3 September, is supported by a popular 3k fun run. With live entertainment throughout the day, it is known to be a family-friendly event.
Since its inception in 2005, the Tees Pride 10K is seen as the region's flagship sporting event and attracts runners from all over the UK. The fast route will take 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.
2016 saw almost 2,500 runners tackle heavy rainfall with local runner Matty Hynes securing victory in an impressive 30:44. Hynes, from Linthorpe in Middlesbrough, narrowly edged out Wondiye Fikre Indelbu (31:07) with Marc Fenwick third (31:38).
Tracy Millmore was the top female runner in 36:51, with Middlesbrough AC's Philippa Stone second (37:19) and Tyne Bridge Harriers' Alison Dargie in third place (37:18).
Just as it has been known to produce fast times, the 10k is also an accessible event that attracts newcomers to the sport. This was the case with Jacqui Keeley, who told runABC North: “I gave up smoking at 47 and decided to take part in the Middlesbrough 10K. I'm now aged 60 and I've taken part in every single one. It's a fantastic community event and it has given me the motivation to stay fit and healthy.”
Entries for the Tees Pride will close on Monday 28 August. Registration is priced at £18, or £16 for affiliated runners.