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Wagner is a Boro fan! X Factor legend sings support for the team

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Cult Brazilian singer - an X Factor finalist on the TV talent show in 2010 - has posted a Facebook message on eve of Brighton clash

X Factor legend Wagner is backing the Boro.

The cult Brazilian performer has filmed a message of support ahead of tomorrow’spromotion clash with Brighton .

The Brazilian singer - full name Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho - was a finalist on the TV talent show in 2010 and since then has been posting videos online , sending messages, songs and shout-outs to his fans.

And it seems Neal Bullock - leader of the Fat Lads on Bikes charity fundraising group - is the man to thank/blame for Wagner’s Boro ditty.

Wearing unusual headgear and, fittingly, a red T-shirt, Wagner begins the video with: “A message to Leo, Terry, Sebastian and Les - from Neal Bullock.”

And the message? “Up the Boro - we’re going up!” Or, as Wagner pronounces it, “App the burrow!”

He then breaks into a surprisingly tuneful rendition of the familiar refrain: “We’re Middlesbrough, we’re Middlesbrough, everywhere we go, everyone will know, we’re Middlesbrough...”

Football chants have got the entertainer in a spot of bother in the past, when he was forced to apologise for singing pro-IRA lyrics at the request of a fan, saying he didn’t know what the words meant.

But judging by the smile on his face, there’s no misunderstanding this time - and he looks confident Boro are heading to the Premier League. [...]

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Fat Lad's on Bikes take on emotional Tour of Teesside

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The fundraisers stopped off at the Riverside to lay a wreath for "Voice of the Boro" and "Fat Lad" Ali Brownlee

A group of “fat lads on bikes” took in a scenic route around Teesside for an emotional charity fundraiser.

More than 50 people signed up for the newly-inaugarated Tour of Teesside, which passed a number of iconic landmarks including Roseberry Topping, Gisborough Priory and the Brian Clough statue.

The main course was 41.4 miles but there was also an event at Middlesbrough Sports Village for younger riders wishing to take part.

The final stretch of the race featured a stop-off at the Riverside Stadium to remember one of their most loyal supporters - ‘Voice of the Boro’ Ali Brownlee.


Ex Boro players L2R Phil Stamp, Mark Proctor and Andy Collett
Ex Boro players L2R Phil Stamp, Mark Proctor and Andy Collett


Last June, the radio presenter joined the fundraisers at Fat Lads and Phat Lasses Whitby to Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium ride.

Fat Lads on Bikes founder and chairman Neal Bullock said Ali, who tragically lost his battle against cancer in February, had agreed that Teesside needed its own cycling event.

Placing a wreath at the Riverside for his pal, said: “I find it difficult to talk about it, it’s very emotional.

“He was one of our lads.”

The Fat Lads raise money for ward 14 at James Cook University Hospital. For this first Tour of Teesside, they worked with a number of different charities and fundraising groups including the Phat Lasses in Trainers, Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Fund, Remembering Rebecca and MS Middlesbrough.


Some of the Fat lads left to right, Mark Laden, Rich Hannah, Robert Shaw, Morgan Clode and Andy Collett
Some of the Fat lads left to right, Mark Laden, Rich Hannah, Robert Shaw, Morgan Clode and Andy Collett


Also signing up was a group of Premier Player Football Academy trainers and former Boro stars including Andrew Collett, Philip Stamp, Graham Kavanagh, Stephen Gill, Robbie Shaw, Neil Maddison and Mark Proctor.

Following the success of the first event today, Neal hopes it will become an annual race.

The 42-year-old dad of three, of Ingleby Barwick, said there are plans to extend the route in 2017, inviting people to take part and raise funds for whichever charity of cause they choose.

“It’s not just about raising money for ward 14, it’s about as many people raising as much money as possible for whatever cause they choose and that could be a charity or a small, local club,” he said.

“This is just the beginning, the first year. It’s going to be huge.” [...]

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Emotional day as over 1,000 runners gather at the start line for race named after Ali Brownlee

The annual 5k Riverside Run has been renamed in tribute to BBC Tees’ ‘Voice of the Boro’ who died in February after a short battle with cancer

It was an emotional day at the Riverside Stadium as over 1,000 runners gathered at the start line for the Ali Brownlee Cleveland Centre 5k Riverside Run .

In what Alastair’s daughter Alison described as a “wonderful gesture”, the annual 5k Riverside Run has been renamed in tribute to BBC Tees’ ‘Voice of the Boro’ who died in February after battling cancer.

The popular road race takes entrants from the Riverside Stadium past some of the town’s most striking landmarks including Temenos and the Transporter Bridge, before a memorable finish beside the hallowed turf inside the stadium.

Speaking to The Gazette before Ali’s wife, Wendy, got the race underway, Alison said: “It’s been an emotional day.

“It’s been amazing to come down here today and see people in their ‘One of Our Own’ t-shirts. I was just not expecting that at all.

“To see just how much he was loved by the town he loved is amazing.

“But then there’s other things like when I took a selfie outside the stadium - that’s the kind of thing I would usually send him - it’s very bittersweet.

“I want to thank everyone and wish them all good luck today.”


Ali Brownlee's wife, Wendy, daughter Alison and friend Andrea Lynas who ran the 5k
Ali Brownlee's wife, Wendy, daughter Alison and friend Andrea Lynas who ran the 5k


The mood of the day hadn’t escaped the participants as they limbered up outside the stadium.

Gary Dack, a member of Billingham Marsh House Harriers, was running today with his family.

The 52-year-old radiographer from Billingham said: “Ali was a local legend, Boro through and through.

“This race starts and finishes at the Riverside Stadium - it’s a fitting tribute to the guy to name the race after him.”

Jane Harvey was running with 25 friends for Cervical Screening Saves Lives.

The 37-year-old, from Guisborough, said: “We want to promote screening and we want to make sure ladies have had their smear test.

“We’ve got 25 of us running today - for the majority of them, this is their first 5K.”

The healthy living advisor who knew Ali through his work with charity group The Fat Lads on Bikes and Phat Lasses in Trainers added: “It’s a bit of an emotional feeling today. Ali was a ‘Fat Lad’ with us.

“He was so gentlemanly and so kind. We’re proud to be running under his name today.”


The Ali Brownlee Cleveland Centre 5K Riverside Run and 2k Fun Run at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
The Ali Brownlee Cleveland Centre 5K Riverside Run and 2k Fun Run at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough


Rob Nichols, editor of Boro fanzine Fly Me To The Moon, was also taken aback by the poignancy of the day.

He said: “Alastair was a big part of this race.

“The big thing was finishing with Ali’s voice commentating as you crossed the line. He was the voice of these races.

“It’s nice to be able to do it in his honour today.” [...]

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Brave 'fat lad' to head back to accident spot to finally complete charity bike ride

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Neal Bullock's event ended in him being airlifted to hospital - now he's vowed to complete it

A dad lucky to survive after smashing into a stone wall is going back to the accident scene to complete his charity cycle race.

Neal Bullock, 42, the driving force behind Teesside fundraising group the “Fat Lads on Bikes”, ended up in the very hospital he’s helped raise thousands for, on his birthday, with four broken ribs and a punctured lung after the crash.

The group’s Coast to Coast charity ride came close to ending in tragedy in August last year when the dad-of-three, of Ingleby Barwick, lost control of his bike in heavy downpours while travelling downhill, and slammed head-on into a wall just after Tan Hill.

Neal made the decision to share footage from a camera mounted on his helmet at the time to raise awareness of its life-saving potential, and subsequently launched a campaign over helmet safety.

Neal now plans to return to the point of the harrowing accident - almost a year to the day - to finish off the rest of the ride he was unable to complete at the time.

He had to be airlifted from the scene to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, and spent months recovering.

He said: “Last year I got a lift home early - but this year I’m going back with some of the Lads.

“It’s never felt right that I didn’t complete the ride. I need to do this for personal reasons, mainly going back to that wall and starting from the very point of impact.

It will be emotional but I need to do it.”

Neal, along with some of the other members of the group, will take on a sponsored ride from the point where he hit the wall to Sunderland in a da, a ride of around 60 miles.

They will aim to complete it on August 20 - just one day after the anniversary of the incident - and the day after Neal’s 43rd birthday.

Neal is calling the event his “Unfinished Business Bike Ride”.

All proceeds - as with the original ride - will go to Ward 14 at James Cook University Hospital.

To join in, or find out how to donate, contact Neal on fatladsonbikes14@gmail.com. [...]

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Meaty return for Tees Valley business

A NORTH East catering butcher and wholesale food company is bringing home the bacon, after focusing its attention on attracting regional customers. Darlington based Country Valley Foods is hoping that sales will sizzle over the summer months, after the launch of a marketing push designed to encourage customers in the North East to have fresh, locally sourced meat delivered to their door. [...]

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The size of your waist band is irrelevant. It is the size of your heart that matters. If you are interested in taking part in any of the events organised by the Fat Lads and raising money towards Ward 14 or our charity Partners then please get in touch because tomorrow could be too late. #itsallaboutward14

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The Aim of the Phat Lasses in trainers is to inspire mothers, daughters, sisters and kids to get involved in fund raising for local causes and get fit at the same time. Come on girls #bephatbeproud join the Phat Lasses today and become part of our #teesvalleyfamily

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If you’re aged between 5 & 12 and would like to raise money by doing sponsored bike rides, swimming and running, or maybe silly things like sitting in a bath of baked beans, or you just have a fab idea that you and your friends want to tell us about, then get your mum or dad to get in touch with the Fat Lads or Phat Lasses

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The Fat Lads(and lasses) are amongst the most inspirational groups pf people I have ever met,and presenting BBC Tees Breakfast together with the Boro football commentaries I have come across a fair few !!!!

Little did I realise when Neal popped into the Breakfast Studio one morning, and challenged me to ride with them from Whitby to Middlesbrough in June 2015 ,what I was letting myself in for ..

To begin with I had not ridden a bike in 40 years,didn't own a bike and was a few pounds in weight above the limit, but thanks to Godleys Cycles in Nunthorpe the bike was sorted and I was on my way.

The most important thing is, however, the focus on raising money and attention for James Cook University Hospital Ward 14 and after a visit there ahead of the bike ride, I am sure Neal wont mind me admitting they are the real heroes of all the efforts.

So long may the Fat Lads..and Lasses go from strength to strength!!!

Up the Boro!!!

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Our Goals and Ambitions help us achieve them

Continue to attract new members to our already fantastic team of fund raisers

To encourage more local celebrities to get behind us and join us so we can raise awareness of what we are trying to achieve within the local community

To develop the cool kids section and grow the membership so that we can encourage young people to raise funds for local causes

Free TV Subscriptions for Ward 14 patients.

Free WI-FI available on the Ward

Holistic Therapy Sessions

To Develop our brand further, and to encourage local businesses to sponsor support us

To Increase the Amount of Funds Raised for Ward 14 and surpass 2015’s Total


To increase the amount of participants at each of our events

Develop a mobile application platform for Fat Lads on Bikes and Phat Lasses in Trainers.

Application will feature News Updates, Event Updates, Event Locations and Directions

Will have the facillity to purchase event tickets and make donations direct to the charity

Well done! Thank you

We can't do this without your help, here's just some of the money that you have helped to raise in some of our recent events.


Launch Night - Eston Labour Club

£4,658.00 Complete (success)


Whitby to Riverside 

£1,876.70 Complete (success)


Fat Lads with Clubs

£3,098.53 Complete (success)


Muffin Tops 

£3,890.81 Complete (success)


Coast to Coast 

£3,485.00 Complete (success)


Great North Run 

£9,657.50 Complete (success)


Polka Dot Ball 

£2,419.58 Complete (success)

Newboulds Butchers has chosen the Fat Lads on Bikes as their Nominated Charity 2016

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Raising money for WARD 14 at the James Cook Hospital and supporting local causes #itsallaboutward14 #teessidefamily we look after our own

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