Swimmers getting ready to take the plunge

The Northern Echo: Members of Middlesbrough Swimming Club and some of their parents are taking part in the Middlesbrough 5k race on Sunday both running and helping give out water during the race. The parents are left to right Ang Turnbull, Steven and Thara (ok) Muirhead, Do Members of Middlesbrough Swimming Club and some of their parents are taking part in the Middlesbrough 5k race on Sunday both running and helping give out water during the race. The parents are left to right Ang Turnbull, Steven and Thara (ok) Muirhead, Do

A SHOAL of Middlesbrough swimmers will be anything but fish out of water when they take part in this weekend’s Riverside Run.

More than 30 youngsters from Middlesbrough Amateur Swimming Club (MASC) aged eight-18 will take part in the 5k and 2k fun runs on Sunday (June 1).

The swimmers who will be going from land to water are raising money for the club, which is self-financed.

A group of parents will also be volunteering as water marshals for the event handing out the 4,000 bottles of water.

And MASC’s most famous face, Teesside’s own Olympic swimmer Aimee Willmott – soon due to take part in the Commonwealth Games – will also be on hand to help.

MASC chairman Sue Campion said: “We use Middlesbrough Council facilities at the Neptune and Rainbow Leisure Centres and were happy to get involved with helping get the water out.

“But we are also on a big fundraising drive at the minute and thought taking part would be one way of bringing in additional sponsorship.

“People might not know but swimmers are generally good runners because of the fitness levels and the aerobic capacity needed.

“We also do some running training – particularly in the summer – so are looking forward to taking part in the races.”

The Riverside Stadium is once again the start and finish point of the runs.

Online entries for the race are now closed but you can apply in person at the Neptune Centre until 12pm on Saturday (May 31) or by On the Day Entry at the Riverside Stadium.

For more information visit www.runmiddlesbrough.com

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