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There's a Simplyhealth Great Tees Run coming that's just for kids - here's all you need to know

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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DOES your child like running? Then they might like to take part in this year’s Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great Tees Run – entries are open now!

The kids’ event is coming to Stockton-on-Tees on Saturday, September 8 – the same day as the brand new Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k.

Who can enter?

There’s a 2k Mini run for three to eight-year-olds, and a 4k Junior run for nine to 14-year-olds. Every entry to the Mini run comes with a free place for adults to run with their child.

All children taking part in the runs will receive their very own running T-shirt, finisher’s pack and all-important medal.

When do the runs take place?

The 2k Mini starts at 12noon, with the 4k Junior starting at 12.45pm.

Which routes will they follow?

Both routes start on Riverside Road, lining up in the same place as 1,000 others for the Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k earlier that day.

Young runners will travel along the north side of the River Tees, with the Mini runners turning right to cross the Infinity Bridge while Junior runners continue on and cross the river at the Tees Barrage.

Both of the runs then return along the river’s south side, crossing the Millennium Footbridge, and heading back to the finish line on Riverside Road.

Who's that bear in the photograph?

Spreading the word in local schools is a team of event ambassadors including world champion athlete Richard Kilty and mascot ‘Sporty Bear’.

“We’ve hit the road and we’re coming to a school near you!” said Richard, aka ‘The Teesside Tornado’. “We started in Preston Primary School in Eaglescliffe last week, where we got the kids on their feet and put them through their paces a bit before heading off to do the same at Whinstone and St Francis of Assisi primary schools.

“It was all great fun and we had an absolutely brilliant time. We’re hoping the kids go home and tell their families and friends about the event and with any luck, we’ll see them signing up to do it. We also tried to get across a more serious message about getting plenty of exercise and living active, healthy lives.”

Who is organising it?

The event is being brought to the Borough thanks to a new partnership formed between Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the Great Run Company.

The Great Run Company organises the UK’s leading mass participation series, including the world’s biggest half marathon, the Simplyhealth Great North Run.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “The kids’ runs are taking place on the same day as our Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k and Great North CityGames Elite Mile, so it’s going to be one heck of a day!

“We’re delighted to be working with the Great Run Company to bring these brilliant events to the Borough for people to enjoy. And all of this is on Simplyhealth Great North Run weekend so we can capitalise on the unmet demand from people who don’t get a place in the Great North Run.

“The events will complement each other and make the weekend a major occasion for the whole of the region.”

How do I enter?

For full details of run routes and how to enter, visit