Caption: Limbering up for the 5k on the hallowed turf at the Riverside
THE Voice of the Boro will be heard loud and clear when one of the region’s most popular events returns.
The Ali Brownlee Riverside Run was first renamed last year in honour of the local broadcasting legend who died last February after a short battle with cancer.
The new name for the Middlesbrough 5k Road Race and 2k Fun becomes a permanent fixture when the event returns on Sunday, July 2.
Middlesbrough Council and leisure services partner Everyone Active are hoping for another record turn-out for the run which takes in some of the town’s most striking landmarks including Temenos and the Transporter Bridge, before a memorable finish beside the hallowed turf inside the Riverside Stadium.
Commentary for this year’s race will be provided by Neil Green and Amy Oakden, current hosts of the BBC Tees Breakfast Show.
In addition to being the distinctive voice of countless Boro commentaries, Alastair was a passionate supporter of the local RunMiddlesbrough events, completing the Tees Pride 10k himself and acting as race commentator for many races.
His energy and enthusiasm helped many a runner over the finishing line, and his sudden passing was keenly felt by a great many people across Teesside and beyond.
Speaking ahead of the official launch of the 2017 event on Wednesday (March 1) Alastair’s widow Wendy said: “I am really honoured to have such a wonderful and prestigious event named after Ali - he would be so proud.
“I know what this event meant to him, he was always excited when he was leaving the house on the morning knowing he was going to meet so many people and to be able to cheer and encourage each and every one of them on.”
• To register for either the 5k or 2k please visit www.runmiddlesbrough.com
Entries are also being taken for the 2017 Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k and 3k Fun Run which takes place on Sunday, September 3.