Race to make a difference
HUNDREDS of runners will be lining up for the Redcar Half Marathon on Sunday.
Now in its 27th year, many of those taking part will be using the event to raise cash for - and awareness of - good causes.
Redcar organisers are keen to beat all previous records and recruit more than 2,000 runners for this year’s 13.1 mile race, including more international athletes.
While advance entries have now closed, people can still take part with late registration taking place on the day.
The half marathon, is organised by Tees Valley Leisure in partnership with Redcar and Cleveland Council and supported by the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative.
Paddy Corcoran, right, head of Tees Valley Leisure, is hoping for people to turn out in force on the day to see the race reach its target.
“We’re already up on entry numbers compared to the same time last year,” he said.
The Redcar Half Marathon starts at the Kirkleatham Showfield. More prize money will be up for grabs in a bid to encourage more international athletes and record-breaking times.
Also taking place on the same day will be the 3km Family Fun Run.
The half marathon gets under way at 10.30am and the 3k at 10.45am.
Among those taking part in this year’s event are a team from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland.
The group is aiming to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity - an organisation formed to help those who have been wounded in Britain’s current conflicts.
The team has been put together by Corporal Ken Johnson, who said: “We’ve got 18 men and six women running, aged from 21 to 52 – they are a mixture of RAF personnel and civilians, and include two doctors, a physiotherapist and a nurse.
“We wanted to do something to show our support for the charity Help for Heroes, which gives practical, direct help to people wounded in Britain’s conflicts around the world.
“Because we’re based in the North-east, the Redcar Half Marathon seemed an ideal way to do some fundraising. We’re hoping to raise about £2,500 from the run.”
The team members will all be running at their own pace, but the quickest hopes to finish the event in around 1hr 40 mins.
YOU can still take part in this year’s Redcar Half Marathon and 3k Family Fun Run on Sunday, April 19.
Late registration at the Kirkleatham Showground will open at 7.30am on the day.
For more details about the event log on to www.teesvalleyleisure.co.uk