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81-year-old to run 5k in honour of Ali Brownlee

81-year-old Yvonne Gamble-Thompson has entered the Ali Brownlee Cleveland Centre 5k in honour of her favourite Boro commentator and radio presenter.

The radio presenter and commentator know as 'the voice of the Boro' died in February after a short battle with cancer Credit: BBC Tees

Yvonne will be wearing her ‘One of Our Own’ Ali Brownlee t-shirt and will be accompanied around the 3.1 mile route on 5th June.

Yvonne said:

I just thought he was absolutely great. We listened to him every morning on BBC Tees and of course for the football.

He was an ordinary person but he got through to hundreds and thousands of people. He will never be forgotten.

Even when Boro played absolutely rubbish he said we would do better next time and we’d just had an off-day. He always had time to say how are you doing, have you enjoyed the match?"

– Yvonne Gamble-Thompson

Yvonne's husband Harry Gamble-Thompson, 84, has run marathons across the world along with daughter Helen.

The family are big Boro fans and attend games at the Riverside while Ali’s voice was a fixture on Yvonne and Harry’s radio before his death earlier this year.

Cllr Lewis Young, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said:

“Ali was a brilliant advocate for the 5k and 10k runs in Middlesbrough and its ethos of community participation.

“We were delighted to hear Yvonne was taking part in the 5k and she is an example to us all. I hope she and her family enjoy the day.”


Three men still in custody after man dies in Middlesbrough police station

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cleveland Police have extended the detention of the three men arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary.

It's in connection with the death of 50-year- old Lawrence French from Middlesbrough.

Mr. French was speaking to police at Middlesbrough Police Station about an alleged burglary that had supposedly taken place at his Alwent Road home, when he became seriously ill.

Despite the efforts of staff, police officers and ambulance staff, he was pronounced dead a short time later at James Cook University Hospital.

A post mortem examination has been carried out.


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