Char­ity run­ners pay trib­ute to Ali

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

THEY were two record-break­ing races Ali Brown­lee would have been proud of.

More than 1,500 peo­ple took part in yes­ter­day’s Mid­dles­brough 5k river­side run, won by Ethiopian Par­a­lympian Wondiye Fikre.

A to­tal of 650 young­sters, par­ents and fancy dress com­peti­tors then took their places for the 2k Fun Run an hour later.

And “Voice of the Boro” Ali was not far from peo­ple’s mem­o­ries as they crossed the line.

Former Boro player Neil Mad­di­son said: “It’s a great run be­cause of the great man him­self.

“He’ll be look­ing down on ev­ery­one to­day, laugh­ing. I think he’ll be very proud to have a race named af­ter him.”

The an­nual race, re­named af­ter Ali fol­low­ing his death from cancer in Fe­bru­ary 2016, saw run­ners set off from the River­side Sta­dium be­fore cut­ting past Boro land­marks such as the Trans­porter and Te­menos. They then en­tered the sta­dium for a fi­nal vic­tory lap.

This year it was sil­ver par­a­lympic medal­list Fikre who crossed the line first in a time of 15:15, with Do­minic Shaw close be­hind on 15:23.

Ly­dia Turner was the first woman to cross the line with a time of 17:23, fol­lowed by Tracy Mill­more just be­hind.

First boy over the line was Camp­bell Darcy, fol­lowed by Alexan­der Main and Ben Hodg­son.

First girl was Katie Wood, fol­lowed by Ella Baker and So­phie Ban­nis­ter.

Race di­rec­tor Jimmy Wat­tis said this year’s races were record break­ers.

He added: “The mu­sic, with Ali’s com­men­tary mixed in with Char­i­ots of Fire - it brought tears to my eyes.”

Peo­ple of all ages took part

The 2k was a re­ally fam­ily af­fair

Wondiye Fikre crosses the fin­ish­ing line

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