Middlesbrough was bathed in sunshine for Sunday’s staging of the Tees Pride 10K and 3K Fun Run, with the weather providing the perfect backdrop for the Acklam Hall Summer Festival which was taking place in conjunction with the race.
The conditions, however, made it a more testing occasion for the 2000 plus runners who were competing in what was the 14th year of the 10k. Sunday’s race saw the field start at Hall Drive and move through Acklam Road and Ladgate Lane. From here, the route turned left down Marton Road, Keith Road, Emerson Avenue before arriving at the start point at Hall Drive.
First to cross the line was New Marske Harriers’ Dominic Shaw, who carried on from his victory at last month’s Darlington 10K with another victory in 31:10. While Shaw was around one minute slower than his time last month, this can surely be attributed to the heat, with the runner finishing well ahead of Greg Jayasuriya (32:13) and club mate Lewis Gamble-Thompson (32:47).
South African runner Gerda Steyn put in a dominant performance to claim victory in the female competition in 33:58, a time that placed her fifth overall. Morpeth’s Jane Hodgson took second in 36:44, while Charlie Arnell (37:15) rounded off the top trio of female performers.
The summer festival complemented what was a fantastic day out, with music, entertainment and food on offer for all those involved in the race.
Post-race runners praised the event organisation - and in particular the race T-shirt - and many said, despite the heat, it was the ideal preparation for the upcoming Great North Run.