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THEY came, they saw… they conquered the thirteenth Tees Pride 10k.
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A huge field of runners, walkers and charity fundraisers – the biggest for five years – took part in yesterday’s flagship event based at Acklam Hall.
The Taylor Wimpey Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10k drew nearly 3,000 entries, while the Cleveland Centre 3k Fun Run clocked up an impressive 600.
First home in the men’s field was Paralympian Ethiopian Wondiye Fikre Indelbu in 30.52, followed by Middlesbrough’s own Jonny Taylor, in 31.09 and Richard Allen in 31.36 in third.
South African ultra-marathoner Gerda Steyn took the women’s title, crossing the line in 36.14, followed by last year’s fastest woman Tracy Millmore in 36.45, with Joanna Zakrzewski taking third place in 37.05.
Simon Lawson took the honours in the wheelchair race, followed home by Callum Hall and Australian Tian Bosch.
Widely regarded as one of the region’s top road races, the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k is a flat and fast one-lap course equally suited to those seeking a personal best and for those taking part in their first ever running event.
As the elite runners did battle yesterday, they were followed by thousands of club and fun runners, many in fancy dress and raising money for good causes.
As they made their way around the 6.2-mile course from Hall Drive, they were cheered on by local residents, and treated to musical entertainment along the way.
And once the hard work was done and the commemorative T-shirts and medals donned, there was fun in store at the second Acklam Hall Summer Festival.
Everyone Active Events Manager and 10k Race Director Jimmy Wattis said: “It was a fantastic day, and I’m grateful to everyone who took part and all those who turned out to cheer them on for creating such a great atmosphere.
“The sense of achievement you see on the faces of everyone who crosses the line speaks volumes about the value of the Tees Pride 10k as a true community event.
“Days like these really put Middlesbrough on the map and help to create the sort of memories that last a lifetime.”
Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member with responsibility for sport development, said: “Once again the people of Middlesbrough have ensured this great event will live long in the memory.
“Their support around the course ensured both a dramatic elite race and the sort of encouragement that makes a real difference to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.
“The Tees Pride 10k embodies the community spirit that makes Middlesbrough special, and draws people from far and wide.
“The biggest field for several years is another really positive sign – that’s something we will now look to build on for next year.”
- To find out more about running in Middlesbrough and to register for future events, visit www.runmiddlesbrough.com