Superheroes limber up as 10k entry deadline extended

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Superheroes and cartoon creations will be adding a touch of fun to this weekend’s Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10k.

Around 10 staff from PICU at James Cook are taking part in the Middlesbrough 10K dressed as superheroes and cartoon characters.

And for those still hoping to enter the flagship event on Sunday, September 3, the deadline for entries has been extended to midnight on Thursday (August 31).

The cast of colourful characters – look out for Scooby Doo, Harry Potter and Buzz Lightyear – are a team from the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at The James Cook University Hospital.

A variety of staff will be participating on Sunday including health care assistants, staff nurses, sisters, managers and consultants.

Organiser nurse Sue Thompson said: “We decided that we would walk the route to enable all our staff to participate and to raise local awareness of our unit.

“Having a sick child is every parent’s nightmare, and to realise your child has to go into an intensive care unit is frightening.

“Thankfully most families will never need our help, but we want to raise awareness of the unit in the local area to reassure families we are here if you need us.

“When we were looking for suggestions from the team, Sophie, a staff nurse in PICU and one of those taking part, suggested we run as superheroes, as to many families that is what we are.”

When asked about their experience of PICU, the Swales family said:

“When our teenage son was brought into PICU at James Cook he wasn’t expected to make it through the night, and if he did he was going to be severely disabled.

“All the team in PICU were superb – they not only saved our son’s life but they worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week with such passion and care.

“Our son is proof that miracles can happen with such special care. Thanks again to the PICU team.”

Widely regarded as one of the region’s top road races, the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k starts and finishes on Hall Drive, Acklam, offering a flat and fast one-lap course that’s ideal both for those seeking a personal best time and for those taking part in their first ever running event.

Everyone Active Events Manager Jimmy Wattis said: “We’re aiming for another record-breaking event, and we have extended the deadline to help achieve this goal.

“It’s a great experience, whether you’re running at the elite end of the race or walking the course and soaking up the atmosphere it is set to be a great day.”

Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member with responsibility for sport development, said: “The runners from The James Cook University Hospital really epitomise what the Tees Pride 10k is all about.

“Every year there’s a fantastic sense of community spirit, with people setting out to have fun and do their bit for some great causes into the bargain.

“Good luck to them, and to everyone else taking part in this great event on Sunday.”

  • Entries close at midnight on Thursday, August 31.

To register for the 2017 Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k and 3k Fun Run which take place on Sunday, September 3 visit

For further information contact Jimmy Wattis on 01642 200833