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Australian to race on streets of Middlesbrough at the weekend
A LONDON 2012 gold medallist will be racing alongside Teessiders at this weekend’s 10k race in Middlesbrough.
Paralympic medallist Rich Colman will take part in the wheelchair race at the SABIC Tees Pride 10k while staying in Eaglescliffe with local Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson.
The 28-year-old Australian won gold in his 800m event and two bronze medals in his 400m and 4x400 events at London 2012.
Speaking from his home in Switzerland, Mr Colman, who was born with spina bifida said: “I have heard the Tees Pride race is the fastest 10k in England so it will be a great lead-up event for me ahead of the Great North a week later."
He even hopes to go close to his personal best of 19 minutes 54 seconds, a time he achieved in New York a few years ago, but said: “I’m not sure what time I will be able to do. It will depend on the weather, while I’ve had a huge month of training. It would be great if I could go somewhere near that time but we will just have to wait and see.”
Although a regular visitor to London to see his brother, Mr Colman is looking forward to his first visit to the North East.
“I have known Tanni for many years through wheelchair racing and have travelled the world through wheelchair racing but I have never been to this part of England so I am looking forward to it. I hope we get some good weather to have a great race,” he said.
Having competed in Athens in 2004, Beijing four years later and London last year, Mr Colman has amassed a haul of seven Paralympic medals, together with six more in the IPC World Athletics Championships.
Although she is unavailable to take part this year, Baroness Grey-Thompson has competed in many previous Tees Pride 10ks.
Residents are asked to note that the roads affected by the route will be closed from 9.30am until approximately 1pm on Sunday.
To sign up for either run, visit www.runmiddlesbrough.com or pick up an application form at Middlesbrough leisure centres or the central library.
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