44 players and 500 spectators have taken to the Riverside Stadium this afternoon.
It's part of a charity event to raise over £10,000 for both South Tees Renal Unit & Islamic Relief's work in Syria. Organisers said they wanted to help those in the local area, and those with acute needs abroad.
Islamic Relief is operating inside Syria and it provides support for civilians trapped by the on-going conflict.
Since the conflict began, Islamic relief says they have helped over 6.5 million people inside the country, and delivered an estimated £30 million in aid.
A disabled pensioner, who was attacked outside his own home, and the woman who set up a fundraising page to help him, met today for the very first time. See Jonny Blair's full report here, which contains flash photography:
Katie Cutler, who set up a fundraising page for Alan Barnes, the Gateshead pensioner who was attacked outside his home, says she's overwhelmed to have raised more than £140,000 in donations:
Katie Cutler set up a fundraising page after hearing about pensioner Alan Barnes being attacked. So far it's raised more than £140,000.
Run Geordie Run has completed 41.08 miles on the third day of his charity race across Australia.
The fundraiser is hoping to finish a 2558 mile journey from Perth to Sydney.
But it seems his feet are already feeling the strain of the epic mission.
Mark Allison is running across Australia to raise money for charity. He is tweeting all the way, with more than 11,000 supporters following his progress.
A North East fundraiser is setting off on his latest fundraising challenge today.
Mark Allison, also known as Run Geordie Run, is planning to run across Australia.
He'll begin in Perth today.
Mark hopes to run 2,600 miles to Sydney in just 70 days.
That's a gruelling 41 miles per day.
He is raising funds for the Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
A North East fundraiser is jetting off today ahead of his latest challenge. Mark Allison, also known as Run Geordie Run is planning to run across Australia.