Ali Brownlee 5K and 2K

Fast Foot Forward On Father's Day

Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium came alive for Father's Day run...

Riverside Stadium, the home of Middlesbrough FC was a buzz of excitement at the weekend (16 June) as hundreds of participants took part in two of the region’s flagship running events, the Ali Brownlee 5K and 2K. Falling on the same day as Father’s Day, many of those taking part were either taking on the challenge with their Dad, for their Dad or in memory of their Dad.

A highlight in the town’s running calendar, there was a celebratory atmosphere, with hundreds of spectators lining the streets and stands inside the stadium to cheer on their loved ones. Staged at the iconic Riverside Stadium, both events continue to honour the memory of popular broadcaster Alastair Brownlee, who for over 30 years commentated on his beloved Middlesbrough FC.

Whilst participants of all abilities were taking on the challenge, there were also competitive elite races involving some of the region’s leading athletes in the 5K distance. In the men’s race, Lewis Gamble-Thompson triumphed with a time of 15:34, with Filmon Eyob runner up in a time of 15:52 and Dawit Asmelash third in 15:59.

Kate Storey was first to the finish line in an impressive time of 18:27 in the women’s race, and was pushed all the way by runner up Emily Palmer and Keri Pearson, who clocked 18:31 and 18:54 respectively.

The real winners were the many local and national charities, who will benefit from the efforts of the many people who took part for good causes, raising tens of thousands of pounds in the process and making a vital difference.

The Ali Brownlee 2K followed shortly after the 5K and along with the 5K, featured a start and finish at the stadium. Open to children aged three and over, the 2K saw father’s, children and juniors of all abilities take part together.

If you'd like to know more, visit the Run For All website.

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