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Tees Pride 10K a Breath of Fresh Air for Running Convert

FOR one determined runner, the 2017 Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10k will be a real breath of fresh air.

And for Jacqui Keeley, it’ll also be lucky 13 as she joins thousands of other runners, walkers and charity fund-raisers on the start line of the flagship event on Sunday, September 3.

The 60-year-old from West Lane made the life-changing decision to quit smoking and tackle the first ever Tees Pride 10k in 2005, and she hasn’t missed one since.

Now a grandmother of three boys, Jacqui has clocked up 25 half marathons, one full marathon and nearly 200 Park Runs.

Speaking ahead of this year’s Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k, she said: “Giving up smoking was the best thing I ever did, as it set me on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

“The first Tees Pride 10k was a great goal to aim for, and I’ve never looked back.

“It’s a fantastic event that really puts Middlesbrough on the map, and I’d encourage anyone to sign up and give it a go.”

Widely regarded as one of the region’s top road races, the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k starts and finishes on Hall Drive, Acklam, offering a flat and fast one-lap course that’s ideal both for those seeking a personal best time and for those taking part in their first ever running event.

Middlesbrough Council and leisure services partner Everyone Active are hoping for another record turn-out for the run.

Everyone Active Events Manager Jimmy Wattis said: “Jacqui’s story is inspirational and I hope it will encourage all local runners to enter the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k.

“People’s determination to keep fit and healthy, and to raise much-need funds for the causes that mean so much to them, have made this one of the highlights of the calendar.

“We are delighted to be delivering the 10k in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, and look forward to welcoming another record field for this great event.”

Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member with responsibility for sport development, said: “The Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k and Cleveland Centre 3k Fun Run are firmly established as highlights of the region’s running calendar.

“The atmosphere around the 10k course has become legendary, and has doubtless helped many achieve personal bests and complete moving fund-raising challenges.

“Jacqui is a great example of the benefits of events like this, and I wish her and everyone else taking part the best of luck.”

  • Entries close at midnight on Tuesday, August 29.

To register for the 2017 Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k and 3k Fun Run which take place on Sunday, September 3 visit www.runmiddlesbrough.com

For further information contact Jimmy Wattis on 01642 200833

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