Just a matter of hours remain for anyone mulling over competing at this weekend’s Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K, with registration closing at midnight this evening (Wednesday 3 May).
Organised by Events of the North in partnership with Sunderland City Council and Active Sunderland, the event has become firmly established in the North East calendar since its first staging in 2011. Last year saw almost 4,000 runners compete at the event’s new home at Keel Square, a symbol of the city’s regeneration.
If 2016 is anything to go by, we can expect some tough competition and fast times posted at the front of the field. Morpeth Harrier Jonny Taylor recorded victory in the 10k with a sub-30 minute performance (29:56), while Tadele Mulugeta, secured top place in the half marathon in 1:10:23. Mulugeta’s clubmate (and wife) took first in the women’s 10k in 35:48, while Gateshead Harrier Michelle Nolan won the women's half marathon in a time of 1:22:22.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s event, both Aly Dixon and Paula Radcliffe will line up in Keel Square to compete in the half marathon. Dixon is sure to be in high spirits after she her performance at London Marathon, where she was the first British woman to cross the finish line, recording a PB of 2:29:09.
Adding to the festivities, local radio station Sun FM will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a birthday party in Keel Square. Pixie Lott and Aston Merrygold, formerly of JLS, will be performing.
Registration for the half marathon costs £34 (£32 UK affiliated), while the 10k is priced at £25 (£23). Entries are available at the event website.