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Olympian North East marathon runners finish in top 30

Two Olympian north east marathon runners have finished in the top 30 in the event in Rio.

Aly Dixon from Sunderland finished 28th and Sonia Samuels from South Shields followed just behind in 30th.

Teams from the Aly's running club Sunderland Strollers were watching today.

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They've run a series of marathons over twenty six days, covering the distance between the North East and Rio. They were keen to celebrate Aly's achievement and raise money for local charities.

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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.”

Could you be a County Durham running 'leader'?

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County Durham Sport is looking for running 'leaders' to encourage others to join running groups in the area.

County Durham Sport want to both new beginners and more experienced runners, particularly in Peterlee and East Durham.

Running can be a great way to help you get more active. Regardless of your age or fitness level, if you’ve never run before or haven’t run for years, running can be very accessible and flexible. It’s not expensive, all you need is a decent pair of trainers and a little bit of encouragement and support.

– Becks Lippe from County Durham Sport

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Kielder 10k attracts twice as many runners this year

Runners are flocking to Kielder ready for the marathon. The Kielder 10K and Kielder Run-Bike-Run events both begin at 1pm on October 6. There are almost 550 people taking part in the 10K, twice as many as last year. For the first time, the event is full.

The Run-Bike-Run is a relay event where 40 teams of three tackle the marathon distance split into three parts: an 11km run, a 26km bike ride and a 5km run.

Yukon runner tells of experience

Tim Williamson, a lab technician from Newcastle has completed the worlds toughest race - the Yukon Arctic Ultra in Canada.

The 300-mile challenge through sub zero temperatures can be completed by running, cycling or skiing.

Tim opted to run - dragging his sled and all his equipment behind him.

Frostbite and hypothermia were a constant threat and he endured the pain of a stress fracture in his leg during the race.

And he ended up finishing second.

We'll be speaking to Tim in our 6pm programme.