‘Disruption and delays’ likely as Great North Run clashes with Sunderland match

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Police have warned people to expect ‘disruption and potential delays’ on Sunday as the Great North Run takes place on the same day as a Premier League football match.

The annual half-marathon, which sees participants running between Newcastle and South Tyneside, takes place on Sunday.

And with Sunderland AFC hosting Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light at 1.30pm on the same day, delays on the travel network are thought to be likely.

Superintendent Gillian Mitchell said: “The Great North Run is the world’s second largest half marathon, and we’re proud it takes place in Tyne and Wear.

“It attracts record numbers of participants and spectators, and there is always a great celebratory atmosphere.

“In addition, we know our football fans are passionate and will be looking forward to the game at the Stadium of Light.

“As with every year, there will be road closures in place for the Great North Run and more people using public transport.

“With fans travelling to the Stadium of Light, it is more than likely there will be disruption and potential delays for those travelling throughout Tyne and Wear.

“However, we will continue to work very closely with the Great North Run organisers and Sunderland Association Football Club, and put plans in place to try and keep the delays and disruption to an absolute minimum.

“Visitors to either event are asked to ensure they plan their journeys well in advance.”