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RUNNERS are being given the opportunity to help run smoking out of town by claiming a free place at one of the region’s popular sporting events.

Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough Councils’ Smokefree Alliances are offering 100 runners a paid for place for either the Redcar half marathon or a new 5k race, on 28 September, in return for supporting the local vision of “Making Smoking History” by wearing a ‘Make Smoking History’ t-shirt to raise awareness of local stop smoking services.

Councillor Sheelagh Clarke, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said:

“Reducing smoking in the borough is a top priority and we hope this fantastic opportunity will inspire our community to ‘Make Smoking History’ and contact our stop smoking service to begin an attempt at quitting.

“The statistics speak for themselves; not only will one in two smokers die as a result of their habit, but cigarette smoke can also cause harm and even death to others.

“We are working hard in Redcar & Cleveland to Make Smoking History for our children and young people and would urge local residents to support us by taking up this challenge, pulling on our t-shirt and promoting this fantastic service. 

“Stopping smoking is probably the single best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you.”

The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the UK with one in two smokers dying prematurely of a smoking related illness.

Unless action is taken, it is estimated the epidemic will kill more than eight million people every year by 2030. About 23,400 people smoke within Redcar & Cleveland and at current smoking rates it is estimated that 285 people will die of a smoking related illness in the borough each year.

Earlier in the year, the same offer was be made by the two authorities’ Smokefree Alliances to runners taking part in the Middlesbrough 5K.

Councillor Olwyn Peters, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: 

“This is a great way not only to get fit but to pledge support for a great cause.

“The Redcar half marathon is one of the most eagerly anticipated days in the borough’s calendar and over the years it has attracted tens of thousands of entrants and created countless cherished memories.  

“And with the new 5k race, as well as the 1 mile, Go Run for Fun event for children who are five and over, it is hoped this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet.    

We hope as many people as possible get their running shoes on and enjoy this fantastic event.”

Martin Miles from Everyone Active who are co-ordinating the event with the council and New Marske Harriers Athletics club, added: 

“Last year Everyone Active was new to the area but this year we have become a real activity partner for many people in the borough.  

“We are sure that the two events we have added to the day will encourage even more people to participate in what is going to be a great family day out.”

The make smoking history offer is on a first come first served basis and is limited to 100 entries for each race.

If you are interested in claiming a free place email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating which race you would like to run, why you would like to run for the Make Smoking History campaign and t-shirt size.

Visit www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/halfmarathon for more information on the event.

Successful applicants will be informed within the 1st week in August and sent a link and free code to register for the race.


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