An invitation to Hartlepool Marina Five Mile Road Race

ENTRIES are now being accepted for an annual athletics event in Hartlepool.

The Hartlepool Marina Five Mile Road Race is in its seventh year and will be taking place at 10.30am on Sunday, March 27.

The event will start at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience and follow a route along the promenade to Seaton Carew and then back.

The popular race is organised by Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers and Hartlepool Borough Council and sponsored by Peart Fencing and Start Fitness.

The minimum age for entry is 16 and there are several prizes in the male, female, senior and veteran categories, including a £75 prize for anyone who achieves a new course record.

The times to beat are 23 minutes 22 seconds for men, set by Ricky Stevenson in 2009, and 28 minutes 45 seconds for women, set by Bernadette Taylor in 2005.

Burn Road Harriers chairman David Kirk said: “This is an excellent, fast and flat course which will suit all abilities.

“Last year we had to turn people away on the day due to the maximum number of entries being met.

“This year the limit has been raised to 500, but it is still advisable to register early to avoid disappointment.”

Entries cost £10 for members of the running club, or £12 for anyone else and there will be an additional £2 cost for entries on the day of the race.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s cultural events officer Lesley Strickland said: “The race always generates a great atmosphere and attracts runners of all ages.”

“If you don’t fancy taking part yourself, why not come along and cheer the runners on?”

Entry forms are available online at www.hartlepoolburnroad.co.uk or from Hartlepool Borough Council buildings including the Civic Centre, Mill House Leisure Centre, Summerhill Countryside Park and the town’s libraries.