Club runners competing in the upcoming Siglion Sunderland City 10K and Half Marathon will be able to take advantage of a new payback scheme that has been applied by organisers. To benefit, clubs will receive money as soon as 10 members have signed up to run in either the half marathon or 10K, both of which take place on Sunday 1 May.
The offer is a modified version of the previous Club Challenge, which, although popular, only ever saw three clubs securing a financial boost. If the current scheme had been operating last year, eight clubs would have received money, with a further 16 only fractionally short of reaching the 10 members required.
Event founder and director Steve Cram comments: “We looked at the figures for the last few years and felt that now was the time to do something a bit different to help clubs. There are plenty out there who have supported our event with a lot of runners over the years, but because they don’t always have athletes at the very front end of the races, they haven’t won anything in the Club Challenge.”
“We want to celebrate and thank all of the affiliated clubs across the North East – and beyond – and launching the payback scheme is a great way to do that.”
For the upcoming races, there is a sliding scale in the payback scheme for each event. A club that enters 10-19 runners in one of the two races will earn £50, 20-29 earns £60, 30-39 earns £70, 40-49 earns £80 and over 50 runners from one club in the same race earns £100.
The 2016 edition of the event will take a wholly different look with both the half marathon and 10k moving its base from the Stadium of Light to Keel Square. Since the first festival in 2011, the Sunderland City 10K and, later, the half marathon have become firmly established on the North East calendar, with thousands of runners taking part each year. Both events will be sponsored by Siglion, which is carrying out major regeneration projects at five locations in the city.
More information about the races can be found here.