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Runners during a previous Hartlepool Marina five mile road race

Runners during a previous Hartlepool Marina five mile road race

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RUNNERS can sign up for this Sunday’s Hartlepool Marina five mile race on the day - but are urged to get there early to avoid disappointment.

More than 270 runners have already registered for the popular race and organisers expect to beat last year’s number of 384 people on the start line.

But there is a limit of 500 runners and after another race in the area reached its maximum numbers and had to turn people away last week, host club Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers are encouraging people who need to sign up to get there for when on-the-day entry opens at Wingfield Castle at 9.15am ahead of the race starting at 10.30am.

Lesley Strickland, Harriers’ secretary, said: “Once the 500 limit is reached we can’t take any more entries. I know it sounds like a lot to reach on the day but last week I did the Mermaid 10k, in Marske and they reached their limit on the day and had to turn people away.

“This is a popular race and a lot of the runners who were planning to run at the Mermaid 10k but couldn’t may now decide to come to Hartlepool on Sunday and run in the five mile instead.”

The men’s record, 23 minutes and 22 seconds was set by Ricky Stevenson in 2009, while Bernadette Taylor holds the women’s record of 28 minutes and 45 seconds, set in 2005.

There will be a new champion in the men’s race this year as last year’s winner Andy Wiles, of New Marske Harriers, isn’t planning to defend his title.

Lesley added: “Everyone at the club is really looking forward to the race. Everything is in place, we are just hoping for a cool day which will suit runners.”

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