A NEW charity race got off to a flying start and is set to become a part of the racing calender.
The Hartlepool 5 Miler run is the brainchild of Hartlepool & District Hospice and Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers.
The event is on course to raise thousands for the town hospice.
It was supported from Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and recreation team and Barclays Bank.
An impressive 100 runners pulled on their trainers for the first 5 Miler race held earlier this month.
It saw competitors pound the streets from Hartlepool and Tees Yacht Club at the marina along the sea front to Seaton Carew and back.
Among the runners were a team entered by The White House pub in Wooler Road, Hartlepool.
Jamie Balfour, who has managed the pub since August, was approached by the pub’s quiz master, former Hartlepool councillor Moss Boddy, who suggested entering.
They assembled a team of six staff members all of whom secured sponsorship from family and friends.
The team estimate that they will have raised over £300 for the hospice.
And they also donated the takings of quiz night raffles to the total.
Jamie said: “It was great to be involved in the first ever Hartlepool 5 miler and it was a brilliant thing for the White House team to enjoy together.
“It was Moss’s idea to take part and we are proud to be supporting such a wonderful local cause.”
Hospice fundraiser Greg Hildreth added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Jamie, Moss and the team for their support and hard work, as well as everyone who took part and those who helped to make the event happen.
“We had a brilliant response to the event and have since received some great feedback from the runners.
“We are looking forward to seeing this grow as an annual event and we will be announcing the total as soon as we know.”
The date of the second 5 miler event is due to be announced in the new year.