Race organisers Events of the North have confirmed the addition of a 5k distance to their popular Siglion Sunderland City Runs this May. The 5k will have the unique selling point of starting and finishing on the Northern Spire Bridge, the first time it will have been closed for any mass participation event.
At the launch of the race earlier this week, North East athletics legend Steve Cram, and councillor Graeme Miller, Leader of Sunderland City Council, revealed that the ethos of the event is tto ‘inSPIRE’ people to run 5k. At the launche pair met four local runners that they believe inspire people in Sunderland and around the region to take up running and build up to the event.
In distinct ways, getting into running has made huge differences to the lives of Ann Rush, Richard Borrowdale, Deb Watson and Bill Wright. Ann, Richard, Deb and Bill will all be taking part in one of this year’s Siglion Sunderland City Runs on 11 and 12 May and have shared their stories to encourage others to lead more active lives by giving running a try.
A partnership between Events of the North, Sunderland City Council and their Active Sunderland team the new 5K joins the well-established Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K and the new distance is expected to broaden the appreal of an event that already attracts over 5,000 runners.
The 5K has been designed to appeal to people who are keen to make a start at running and challenge themselves to build up to the distance and will make an exciting debut on the evening of Saturday 11 May. The event is also expected to attract fast club runners who are keen to lead the field across the bridge and set a good time on a new course.
Steve Cram comments: “Every runner starts somewhere and aiming to complete a 5k event is a really sensible and achievable objective. We’re really excited about the new Sunderland City 5K on many levels. We’re going to have the privilege of putting on an event that uses and showcases the region’s newest iconic structure.“
Cram continued: “It’s going to offer a great opportunity for runners of all ages and abilities, whether they want to build up from scratch to the 5k distance and have the experience of being part of a vibrant, mass participation event, have a gentle warm up before one of the longer races the following day, or simply set a fast 5k time."
You can enter the race here - registration is priced at £15.