RUNNERS are being encouraged by the Middlesbrough FC boss to sign up for one of Teesside’s biggest sporting events.

The Riverside Run, which includes the Middlesbrough 5k road race and 2k fun run, will see people taking part in an Olympic marathon-style lap around the pitch before reaching the finish line.

Boro manager Tony Mowbray said: “It’s important that a football club like Middlesbrough plays a big part in its local community and encouraging local people to get fit and do their bit for charity is a very appropriate way for us to give something back.

“Running is a great way to lead a healthy lifestyle, so I’d urge as many people as possible to sign up for the run and get into training.”

Runners will even be able to ensure a pitch perfect preparation, as the event’s warm-up will take place on the Riverside’s hallowed turf.

With the entire run taking place north of the railway track, the 5k route will also take in historic landmarks such as the iconic Transporter Bridge, the old Town Hall and the former homes of Middlesbrough’s founding fathers, Henry Bolckow and John Vaughan.

To sign up for the 2013 Riverside Run, visit Entry for the 5k is £10 or just £8 for affiliated runners. 5k entrants must be 15 or over on the day of the race. Entry for the 2k fun run is £5.