Mantis Media has been helping to promote the forthcoming Tees Pride 10k run, held annually in Middlesbrough.
Boro-based PR firm Dave Allan Communications enlisted the help of Mantis to manage two publicity events for the Middlesbrough Council-run race recently.
Mantis director Martin Walker, who previously worked with Dave Allan at Middlesbrough FC for five years, co-ordinated picture and interview opportunities with Team GB race walker Jo Jackson.
Meanwhile, Mantis also managed another event to promote the race this week (pictured above and below).
A group of more than 50 fundraisers, many of them police officers and teachers, will join forces for the popular 10k in aid of the new charity, Hope for Holly.
The charity has been set up by Andy Gowland, a neighbourhood community police officer in Coulby Newham, and his wife Lucy, a teacher at Middlesbrough’s Acklam Grange School, after their four-year-old daughter Holly was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Holly will undergo chemotherapy treatment for the next two years after her diagnosis in May, a day mum Lucy describes as “your worst nightmare come true”.
In a determined effort to turn their ordeal into something positive, money raised will go towards Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary so it can continue to provide toys for its children’s cancer wards.
Now in its eighth year, Teesside’s biggest annual running event takes place shortly after the London 2012 Olympics, with its Middlesbrough Council organisers targeting 4,000 entrants for the first time.
• To sign up for either run, visit www.runmiddlesbrough.com, call 01642 515672 for an application form or pick one up at Middlesbrough leisure centres or the Central Library. The 10k is also open to wheelchair athletes.
• Entry for the SABIC Tees Pride 10k is £15 or £13 for affiliated runners. Entry for the 3k Fun Run is £7, with family entries just £24 for two adults and up to three children aged under 16.