Brewery backs wheelchair race

The start of a previous T2K race at the Tyne Tunnel. Photo by Tony Winters

The start of a previous T2K race at the Tyne Tunnel. Photo by Tony Winters

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A BREWERY is hoping to provide fuel for world class wheelchair racers as they take to the Tyne Tunnel next Friday for the 11th T2K International.

Newburn-based Hadrian Border Brewery has created a special recipe bitter called Lionheart in celebration of the night-time race, which draws world class athletes.

The ale went on sale earlier this week and can already be found in various establishments around the region, including locally at The Fire Station pub in Whitley Bay.

The Lionheart pump clips show the River God Tyne blowing wheelchair racers through the Tyne Tunnel, in an image drawn by Canadian graphic illustrator Josh Cassidy – three times winner of the T2K and world record holder for the marathon.

Josh also holds the 56mph speed record for the downhill section of the Tyne Tunnel 2.

Brewery director Andy Burrows said “Hadrian Border take inspiration from north east places or characters in history.

“The Tyne Tunnel 2K International gives the world a great taste of sport at its best so it fits with our philosophy perfectly.

“We just hope people enjoy Lionheart Bitter as much as we enjoy watching this incredible race.”

The brewery is donating four nine gallon casks and 720 x 500ml bottles of Lionheart as part of a top-up sponsorship exercise for this year’s race.

It is hoped a local company will come forward to sponsor the package for £3,000.

Race director David Burdus will also give the successful sponsor £2,000 worth of sponsor’s benefits from banners at roadside to a branded athlete.

Visit www.tunnel2k.com for details.