Mayoral reception to thank Sunderland’s race volunteers

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Barry Curran and his wife Carol, and athletics star, Steve Cram, host a thank you evening for volunteers who gave their support to the Sunderland half marathon and 10k race.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Barry Curran and his wife Carol, and athletics star, Steve Cram, host a thank you evening for volunteers who gave their support to the Sunderland half marathon and 10k race.

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A special reception to celebrate the contribution of volunteers to events on Wearside was held in the city.

Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran, hosted the event, which was attended by former Olympic athlete, Steve Cram.

Along with many volunteers, supporting organisations and good causes there were many present who had helped out at the Sunderland City 10k and half marathon events. Coun Curran paid thanks to all those taking part, saying: “As Mayor of Sunderland I ask you to please keep up the fantastic work and know that you really are appreciated and valued by Sunderland City Council and by all of the many other organisations you give your valuable time to.

“With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous for everyone, you, your family, and your community.

“We are proud to have you as part of our community and thank you for the unselfish help you give to others.”

The success of the Sunderland City 10k and half marathon was built on the goodwill of people, giving up valuable time and energy to help deliver a fun, safe, exciting event for the city.

Around 250 volunteers signed up to assist around 3,000 runners taking part across the two running events, which are now in their fifth year.

Organiser Steve Cram from Events of the North, said: “It is fantastic to see so many dedicated volunteers here today. In particular, I’d like to thank the team that helped at our two events this year.

“I hope that they have thawed out and dried off enough to look back on the experience with a real sense of achievement, because they should be very proud of what they did in very testing conditions.

“Our aim is to make the Run Sunderland events bigger and better each year and this will only be possible with the hard work and support of such fantastic volunteers.”