Under starter's orders for race run in Christine's memory
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
A RUNNING event which has become a popular fixture in the local race calender will come under starter’s orders on Sunday, September 15.
The Christine Brass Memorial 5k takes competitors on an undulating, multi-terrain and traffic free course starting and finishing in Stainton village.
Race director Amanda Pettitt said: “The marked course guides runners over Tarmac and open farmland.”
In addition to the main event, there will be a 1.2k fun run for all the family.
Mrs Pettitt said runners of all ages an abilities were welcome take part in the runs, although children aged under 11 having a go at the 5k should be accompanied by an adult throughout.
The 5k is a timed race, while there will be a spot prize awarded for the best fancy dress in the fun run.
Trophies will be awarded for the first male and female home in both 5k and 1.2k runs, while all finishers will receive a medal – and free breakfast bun.
The event is organised as a fundraiser for the village hall and is staged in memory of Christine Brass, who was a great supporter of the venue.
Mrs Brass, who died unexpectedly in 2016, was born and lived most of her life in Stainton and attended the village school, which is now the village hall.
She was a keen runner and former member of Teesdale Athletic Club, competing in many events, including the Boston marathon in the US.
The Christine Brass Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the 5k race, to keep for 12 months.
“She is very much missed by those lucky enough to have known her,” said Mrs Pettitt.
There is an entry limit of 100 for the 5k and it costs £10 to take part. If places are available, entries will be taken on the day. To register online for the 5k, go to racebest.com/ races/qs2uy. The 1.2k fun run has 50 places available and costs £4. To register online, go to racebest.com/races/e2us8.
The fun run will start at 10.30am with the 5k race off at 11am. Anyone requiring further information about the event can contact Mrs Pettitt on 07738 214605.