It's Terry Deary V The Tram In Beamish Museum Charity Race

By Alastair Smith | 13 June 2005
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Shows a photograph of author Terry Deary lining up, ready to race, alongside a 100 year-old tram at Beamish North of England Open Air Museum.

Award-winning children's author Terry Deary gets in some training in preparation for the 2005 Beamish Tram Challenge. Courtesy Beamish - the North of England Open Air Museum.

It’s the ultimate contest, man versus machine: staff at Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum, are inviting people to race one of their trams.

The big event is taking place on June 26 2005 and runners of all ages and abilities can take part over a lap of the 2.5 km (1.5 miles) track, or an extended 10 km (six miles) route.

Sponsorship money and entry fees for the event will help fund school visits from North East schools who would not otherwise be able to visit.

The race first took place last year and was originally thought up by award-winning children’s author Terry Deary. Sunderland-born Deary, who has written over 140 books including the Horrible Histories series, will be taking part in 2005's event.

Shows a photograph of a row of houses at Beamish, as seen through a fenced off, manicured garden. A tram is just in front of the horses as is a cart being pulled by horses.

Beamish recreates life in the north east as it was at two crucial points in the region's history, 1825 and 1913. Courtesy Beamish - the North of England Open Air Museum.

"When we held the first Beamish Tram Challenge last year, competitors thought it would be simple to beat a 100 year-old tram," said Anne Burton, Head of Fundraising at Beamish. "In fact, they have to run a six minute mile to do that - not as easy as it sounds, with cobbles and gradients to contend with."

Beamish recreates life in the north east as it was a two crucial moments in the region's history: 1825 and 1913. The institution is also a partner in the Renaissance in the Regions north east museums hub.

The great Tram Challenge has been organised by Beamish Development Trust, the charity which supports the work of the museum, in conjunction with Derwentside Athletic Club and Beamish Hall Hotel. It is sponsored by Stagecoach North East.

Prizes available on the day include trophies for the first person in each race to beat the tram and store vouchers for individuals and teams in both races.

Shows a photograph of author Terry Deary running ahead of a 100 year-old tram at Beamish North of England Open Air Museum.

On your marks... Courtesy Beamish - the North of England Open Air Museum.

In addition to this, everybody who completes the 10 km race will receive a limited edition mug and everyone who completes the Fun Run will get a medallion as well as a goodie bag for every competitor.

"This event has really caught the imagination of the public and we have a very good field for the 2005 Challenge," added Anne. "As well as a fun day out for runners and their families, all of the money raised will go towards helping disadvantaged school children in the region to have an enjoyable day out at Beamish."

People wishing to take part in either the 10 km race or 2.5 km Fun Run should contact Lisa Wilkinson for further information and entry forms on 0191 370 4017 or

Entry fees for the Fun Run are just £4 for adults and £2 for children and for the 10k race £10 (unattached) and £8 (club runners).

Shows the Renaissance in the Regions logo.

Alastair Smith is the 24 Hour Museum Renaissance Student Writer in the North East region. Renaissance is the groundbreaking initiative to transform England's regional museums, led by MLA, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

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