Published: 11 Sep 2015

Jennings Kia puts wheels in motion to support Tees Pride 10k run

Jennings Kia, part of the award-winning Jennings Motor Group, stepped in to support Middlesbrough Council’s Tees Pride 10k run by donating the use of a vehicle, which was used as a pace car throughout the race.

When Scott Hydon, sports development manager from Active Middlesbrough, needed to source a professional company to provide a reliable vehicle for the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k event, he contacted Jennings Kia’s dealership on Concorde Way in Stockton where sales manager, Steven Flack, was more than willing to help out.

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Scott Hydon, sports development manager at Active Middlesbrough, said; “The Tees Pride 10k is the biggest running event in Teesside attracting 1000’s of runners of all abilities from all over the country, so, as the Race Director, I was delighted when Jennings Kia agreed to provide us a Kia Sorento to be the lead car for the race.

“The vehicle added an extra dimension and prestige to our event that was in keeping with the high regard with which the Tees Pride 10k is held within Teesside.  I would like to thank all the staff at Jennings Kia for their generous support of the Tees Pride 10k and I hope we will be able to work together again at future events.” 

In addition to supplying the vehicle, Jennings Kia also had a range of vehicles on display throughout the event in the Athletes’ Village.

Steven Flack, said; “We were delighted to be able to assist with the run by donating the use of a new Kia Sorento model from the range, which was fitted with a clock on the roof rails to time the race for participants.

“The sponsorship has enabled us to form a good working relationship with Middlesbrough Council and we are looking forward to working with the team on events and sponsorship opportunities in the future.”

More than 2500 people took part in the race, which took place in Acklam in Middlesbrough.

Ethiopian Tadele Geremew, 30, from Newcastle, won the 10k race in 30 minutes 36 seconds - with just a three second split between second place – and only 30 seconds between first and third.

Alyson Dixon, 36, an athlete from Sunderland, was the first woman to finish with a personal best.

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