Date set for popular race

Runners take part in a previous event
Runners take part in a previous event

A DATE has been set for the popular Hartlepool Marina Five Mile Road Race, with organisers predicting this year’s race to be bigger and better than ever.

The race, expected to attract up to 500 runners, will be held on Sunday, April 6.

People will be able to enter for the annual event – organised by Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers – in the coming weeks.

Lesley Strickland, Harriers’ secretary and team captain, said: “We had 400 competing last year and I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see even more in this year’s race.

“There isn’t that many five mile races on the calendar anymore so it’s a distance and race which proves popular with runners of all abilities.

“Everyone at Burn Road is looking forward to this year’s race.

“We have a cap of 500 runners, it would be brilliant to reach that figure.”

The Harriers hosted the 107th annual North-East cross country championships at Summerhill last month, with more than 1,200 runners taking part.

Ms Strickland, who is also Hartlepool Borough Council’s cultural events officer, revealed the club has received a well-done letter from the North East Athletics Association since the event, praising them for their organisation of the region’s biggest winter race.

“It just goes to show how we can organise these kinds of events, and the five-mile race is another example of that,” she added.

“It’s a flat and fast course and hopefully we will see some really fast times.”

Andy Wiles, who won the recent cross country championships at Summerhill, won last year’s road race in 24 minutes 38 seconds while the women’s race was won by Kerry Matthew in 30 minutes flat.

Meanwhile, the Harriers’ Old Monks race is taking place this Sunday, starting in Hart Village.

The race, which is just over five-miles long, gets underway at 11am and runners can register on the day.

Further details about the race will be made available at later this month.

For more information call Lesley on 07879630516.