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.
The weather gods were looking down on the field at the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon as a miserable pre-race drizzle cleared up to provide some dry, relatively cool conditions at Sunday’s (20 January) event. As the race celebrated its 36th year, race organiser Steve Riley proudly exclaimed: “Thanks to all our army of 70 plus volunteers, sponsors and, most importantly, runners and racers for coming along and proving that the Four Villages ROCKS!”
Run For All has further extended its presence in the North East after it was announced they have formed a partnership with Middlesbrough Council and Everyone Active to organise the Ali Brownlee Riverside Run 5K and the Asda Foundation Middlesbrough 10K – formerly the Tees Pride 10K.
On Sunday 13 January, York Knavesmire Harriers hosted the 37th edition of the Brass Monkey Half Marathon as a field of 1550 put their training to the test against challenging conditions. A biting chill and perishing wind made for a tough day, yet the cheer from a strong local contingent from Appleton Roebuck Junior School, plus the homely surroundings in the Knavesmire area made for a warm and welcoming day.
Jasmin Paris has become the first ever female winner of one of the UK’s most gruelling endurance events, the Montane Spine Race. Paris’ performance is all the more remarkable considering she smashed the course record by 12 hours, and, while completing the 268 mile ultra across the Pennine Way, found time to express breast milk for her baby daughter, Rowan.
1200 runners will make their way to East Yorkshire on Sunday 24 February for one of the region’s best loved events, the Snake Lane 10. The race, as its name suggests, has a winding course that snakes through the countryside at the foot of the glorious wolds.
The North East gave a very warm welcome to its newest parkrun last Saturday (12 January) at the Pastures, Alnwick. Some fine crisp January weather meant good conditions for the new event and an enthusiastic field revelled in the beautiful setting below Alnwick Castle.
The Chester 10K has doubled its entry capacity for what will be its second staging this March, and, with less than two months until race day, organisers have confirmed they are on course for another sell-out.
It may have a slightly gruesome name but The Bloodaxe Challenge is all about the joy of running at whatever level you feel most comfortable. The event, staged at York Sports Village's 1k cycle circuit, invites participants to complete as many (or as few) laps within the two hour limit.
There’s still time left to enter Blackburn’s favourite annual 10k, the Winter Warner. The event, scheduled for Sunday 3 February, is known for its welcoming atmosphere and an attractive course that is a nice blend of road racing and countryside running.