It’s a sellout! 550 runners sign up for Hartlepool race

Last year's Hartlepool race.
Last year's Hartlepool race.

An annual Hartlepool race is a sellout with more than 500 runners signed up.

For the third year in a row, the Hartlepool Marina 5 Mile event has reached its limit of 550 competitors.

Dominic Shaw who won the 2016 race.

Dominic Shaw who won the 2016 race.

And among those taking part in this year’s event - which will be held on Sunday, April 9 - will be former Hartlepool Mail journalist Dominic Shaw.

Dominic won the road race last year in a record time of 24 minutes, 24 seconds.

He will face competition from 2015 winner Greg Jayasuriya, as well as other elite athletes such as Dan Newton and last year’s third placed finisher Michael Joyeux.

The women’s race wll be equally hotly contested with Michelle Avery and Gillian Ritchie from Sunderland and Kath Aspin from New Marske all in the field.

We have got some big names from the region who are capable of going sub-25 minutes

Jane Wistow

The race has attracted entries from as far as Hungerford in Berkshire and Godstone in Surrey, as well as throughout the North East.

The town’s Burn Road Harriers athletics club will once again host the race which starts at 10.30am. Chairperson Jane Wistow said: “We have got some big names who are capable of going sub-25 minutes.”

But the race also attracts plenty of keen enthusiasts further down the field and Jane added: “It really is a run for everyone.”

Runners can collect their race numbers from the Wingfield Castle on the day.

Last year's Hartlepool Marina 5 mile road race.

Last year's Hartlepool Marina 5 mile road race.

Every finisher will receive a technical running T-shirt.

The chip timed event is held along a flat course which attracts fast times for runners who come from all over the region and from much further afield, said Jane.

“We have got both club runners and non-club runners from Hartlepool and the North East.”

The race will once again get underway from the road near the Wingfield Castle and will finish near the ship as well.

It takes runners on a course along the seafront towards Seaton Carew and back again.

Jane urged spectators to come along and support the athletes.

The Hartlepool Mail will once again be covering the event and watch out for coverage and interviews in the paper.