Organisers of the Run Sunderland Festival have confirmed a date for their 2015 event and opened entries for both the half marathon and 10k races. This will be the fifth year that Sunderland hosts the festival and its major road running events, in a partnership between DS Media & Events, Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Live.
Since the launch of the 10k four years ago, the festival has become an integral part of the city’s event programme, as well as a key date on the region’s sporting calendar. Both races enjoy ideal start and finish points at the Stadium of Light and move through the city centre and along the coastal road. The course is accessible for spectators and designed to encourage even more people to lend their support to runners.
Last year’s 10k saw Morpeth Harriers’ Ian Hudspith take first in a time of 31:39, with Danielle Hodgkinson of Wallsend Harriers leading the female field home in 36:19. The Sunderland City Half Marathon was won by Yared Hagos of Wallsend Harriers in 65:07, followed by Derek Hawkins of Leeds AC in 65:26, with Sunderland Stroller Aly taking victory in the women’s race in 74:31.
Looking ahead to next year’s festival, event founder Steve Cram said: “Time has flown and we’re really pleased that the Run Sunderland Festival will be reaching this landmark in 2015. Our partnership with Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Live has proved to be very effective and allowed us to build the half marathon and 10k into significant sporting events for both the city and the wider region.”
Event organisers are offering ‘early bird’ entry fees for both the half marathon and the 10k until the end of the year. Runners affiliated to a club can enter the half marathon for £30, while the price for unaffiliated runners is £32. The early bird prices for the 10k are £21 and £23 respectively. Up to 4,000 people are expected to take part in May. For more information and to register, visit the website here.