NEW runners are being given advice from the best possible sources as they limber up for this year’s Marathon of the North and Sunderland City 10k events.
With the races taking place this May, most people will now have started their training programmes.
And Sunderland Harriers Athletics Club are hoping to help those who are just taking up the sport and have signed up for either race.
Among the athletes passing on their knowledge is former Great Britain runner Glenn Forster, former 2hr 36min marathon runner Michael Hill and Eddie Maddison, who has competed in every Great North Run since it began.
Also involved is David Savage, a relative newcomer to the sport who has quickly progressed to now be in a position to share his knowledge with others who are starting to run.
Kevin Carr, chairman of Sunderland Harriers, said: “A number of Sunderland Harriers have gained their England Athletics Group Leadership in Running Fitness certificate and would like to put their experience in road running to good use in order to help other runners who have entered Sunderland’s Marathon of the North and 10k, in improving their fitness for these events.
“They are setting up a number of groups around Sunderland.
“These will be taking place at Seaburn, Silksworth Sports Complex and Castletown’s Billy Hardy Sports Centre on Thursday evenings and the sessions will be free.”
Former Olympic runner Steve Cram, who is founder of the Marathon of the North and Sunderland City 10k, said: “It’s brilliant that so many local athletes have been inspired to give something back and benefit new runners with their considerable experience.
“It is also a great opportunity for people in Sunderland to get out and running and get fit ahead of the Marathon of the North and Sunderland City 10k in May.
“In addition to being free and offering runners the chance to gain some great advice and fitness, I’m sure the sessions will also be very social and great fun with beginners very much welcome.”
The Marathon of the North and Sunderland City 10k will be held on Sunday, May 6.
For details on free training evenings with Sunderland Harriers visit www.sunderlandharriers.org.