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It's set to be a festival of running in Middlesbrough!

After a three-year hiatus, Run For All are delighted to announce the return of one of the region’s most loved running events, the Ali Brownlee 5K.

The event is part of an extended weekend of running which will also include the return of the Middlesbrough Fun Run and the hugely popular Middlesbrough 10K.

The weekend is set to see people of all ages and abilities return to the town’s streets in a carnival celebration of running, fundraising and Northern pride.

Run For All, in partnership with Middlesbrough Council and Everyone Active, will kick off all the action on the evening of Friday, September 2, with the Ali Brownlee 5K taking place at 6.30pm. Those aged 11 years plus are welcome to take part, providing a great way for both adults and youngsters to join in on the action.

Honouring the memory of popular broadcaster Ali Brownlee, who for over 30 years commentated on his beloved Middlesbrough FC, the event is expected to generate a huge boost of deserving local and national charities, while also providing a great opportunity for those perhaps looking to challenge themselves, chase a PB or simply take part for fun.

Encompassing a new route for 2022 and with a start and finish in Centre Square, the route will still incorporate the iconic Middlesbrough FC Riverside Stadium, whilst offering entrants a new challenge in the town.

Sunday, September 4 will see the return of both the Middlesbrough Fun Run and Middlesbrough 10K.

Both events will start and finish in Centre Square, with the Fun Run open to anyone aged three years and upwards and offering a perfect opportunity for families and friends to stay active and healthy together.

Runners are encouraged to fundraise for a cause close to their heart, to chase a PB or to simply take part for fun; regardless of the goal or reason, Run For All welcomes all ages and abilities to take part in what’s set to be an exciting weekend of running.

Councillor Stephen Hill, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Culture & Communities, said: “The Ali Brownlee 5k is one of the region’s flagship family races, so it’s fantastic to have it back after an enforced break due to the pandemic.

“It’s also a fitting tribute to a true Middlesbrough character and Voice of the Boro who is greatly missed by us all.

“Ali would love the setting among Middlesbrough’s iconic landmarks and the new developments paving the way to the future, and we can’t wait to welcome back runners, walkers and fund-raisers for countless good causes.”

Paul Ayre, Everyone Active’s Contract Manager, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Ali Brownlee 5K on what promises to be a fantastic weekend of running.

It’s great to see the return of a community event for all ages and abilities, which will benefit local and national charities.

“We wish everyone taking part the very best of luck.”

Tristan Batley-Kyle, Director of Operations at Run For All said “We are delighted to be able to bring back the Ali Brownlee 5K.

“The race which is so well received within the local community of Middlesbrough, promises to be a rewarding and enjoyable event for all those involved.

“Whether you’re looking for a fun activity for the family, a way to raise money for charity or a new personal challenge, we hope to see you on the start line this September.

“Providing fundraising opportunities for charities is the primary objective of every Run For All event, ensuring that the money being raised by the event stays local and supports the causes that need them most.”

The Ali Brownlee 5K and Middlesbrough 10K official partner charities include Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind, Daisy Chain, Leo’s, South Cleveland Heart Fund, South Tees Hospitals Charity, The Teesside Family Foundation, Our Hospitals Charity and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Entries are now open. Check the Run For All website to sign up and check the routes for the Ali Brownlee 5KMiddlesbrough 10K, and Middlesbrough Fun Run.