Reckoned to be England’s oldest road race with a history that stretches over 100 years, the Saltwell 10K returns on Saturday 23 December with over 400 runners set to compete. Entries for the race, which first took place in 1911, remain open, providing prospective participants the opportunity to tackle a testing 10k before the excesses of Christmas.
The event gained considerable notoriety throughout the late 80s and 90s with Olympic silver medallist Mike McLeod winning the race for 17 years in succession. Mike's son, Ryan, is the current course record holder with a time of 30:57, while Rosie Smith holds the female course record (35:05).
Organised by Saltwell Harriers, the undulating, traffic-free route begins at the south end of East Park Road and finishes in Saltwell Park. 2016 saw a home-club winner in Abraham Twelde, who took first in 31:55, followed by Tyne Bridge Harriers’ Finn Brodie (32:42) and Conrad Franks (32:59).
Sunderland Strollers’ Aly Dixon claimed top spot in the female competition in 35:50, with Jacqueline Penn second in 36:51 and Alex Sneddon third in 38:09.
Registration is priced at £19 or £17 for affiliated runners – further information is available here.