Running teams are being encouraged to go the extra-mile at this year’s Middlesbrough 10K to win tickets to an evening with some of the North East’s most famous sportsman.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the official charity for the run, is giving away a pair of tickets to a black-tie dinner to be held in support of the charity later this year.
Hosted by Sir Michael Parkinson, the evening will follow the format of his iconic chat show treating the audience to exclusive interviews with cricket legend Sir Ian Botham, former England footballer Peter Reid, and Olympic silver medallist Steve Cram, as well as music from Tony Hadley and John Keeble of Spandau Ballet.
Beefy's Forget Me Not Dinner - the star-studded event this October will honour Sir Ian’s commitment to beating childhood leukaemia, which has led him to walk thousands of miles in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The charity which is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for blood cancers was founded in Middlesbrough 50 years ago by the parents of Susan Eastwood, who died from leukaemia aged just six.
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is awarding a pair of tickets to the team that raises the most sponsorship money through running in the Middlesbrough 10K.
The run, now in its fifth year, is due to start from Hall Drive at 10 AM on Sunday 5 September. Entry costs £15 per person, and teams must consist of five runners or more to be eligible to win the tickets.
Everyone from the fleet of foot to running novices are invited to tackle the course as part of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s running team, the Banana Army - so called because of the distinctive yellow t-shirts worn by its runners.
Arun Malhotra, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Regional Fundraiser for the North East, says: “The Middlesbrough 10K is always a fantastic event but this year’s going to be extra special.
"You could win a chance to see some of the North East’s greatest sporting legends, so get a team together, sign up and run to beat blood cancers!”