Tees Barrage Race History

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Tees Barrage Course

Maltby Course

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The Tees Barrage was conceived in June of 2005. Its aims were numerous:

 

  • Promote the sport of running
  • Encourage healthy living
  • Provide a vehicle for local charities to use in their funding strategies
  • Promote the area around the river Tees between the Newport & Millennium bridges

Following consultation with British Waterways (Tees Barrage) a partnership evolved which continues today. Stockton Borough Council approved the use of the Millennium Bridge .

 

The 2006 inaugural event was used to:

 

  • Monitor public interest in such an event
  • Establish the credentials of a previously untried 10K course
  • Test the team behind the event
  • Take a view on manageable, safe, numbers of runners of all abilities
  • Devise a suitable Emergency Procedure Policy
  • Provide a de-brief that would identify any short comings

 

The Course Director and Course Safety Officer took the view that in year one a maximum of 400 entries should be adopted. This view was taken on the premise of a previously untried course. That number was reached before race day and many runners were disappointed.

 

This strategy clearly showed that there was potential, from a safety aspect, to increase the numbers of runners.

 

The feed back from runners was extremely encouraging, the view being that the date selected, a bank holiday, the course and support services had achieved the intended goal.

 

In June 2006 planning started on the 2007 race, it was more of the same but an increase of numbers to 500. This was based on the drop out rate in 2006 of between 10% & 15% generally experienced in most road running events. This is due to injury or other situations preventing runners from taking part.

 

The 2007 event clearly indicated that this was a running event that had caught the attention of runners from not only the Teesside or indeed the North East but from

Area's as far away as Glasgow , Milton Keynes, and Nottingham and indeed, London .

As organisers, we feel that it is our duty to continue this event and with the right support and sponsorship, take in to new levels year on year.