Horrible Histories author Terry Deary signs up for Sunderland running festival

Terry Deary and Steve Cram negotiating the mud at Herrington Country Park to promote the Sunderland Marathon, Half marathon and |10k at the English National Cross Country Championships.

Terry Deary and Steve Cram negotiating the mud at Herrington Country Park to promote the Sunderland Marathon, Half marathon and |10k at the English National Cross Country Championships.

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BEST-SELLING author Terry Deary is the latest famous Mackem to sign up for this year’s festival of running on Wearside.

Horrible Histories writer Terry ran the Sunderland City 10k in 2012 and says he can’t wait to once again hit the roads of his home city in this year’s Half Marathon of the North.

Terry joins 6,000 club and fun runners who are tackling the Marathon of the North, Half Marathon of the North, Sunderland City 10k or BQ Team Relay on Sunday, April 28.

He will be raising cash for Grace House Hospice, which is set to open in the coming months.

Terry, who is an ambassador for Sunderland, said: “I grew up in Sunderland, and the run will be a personal trip through my childhood.

“I pounded those same streets training for the school running team 50 years ago.

“That’s a key element and motivation for me, and a half marathon is a good target distance for kicking off a summer season of running.

“By the end of April, I think we can be confident that the temperature will be at least little warmer, and conditions underfoot will certainly be a lot firmer than they were for the cross-country runners at the weekend.”

As with last year’s races, all will start and finish outside the Stadium of Light in Monkwearmouth.

Organiser of the event and Olympic medalist Steve Cram said: “Terry has been a big supporter of our running events, and I’m really pleased that he’s decided to have a go at the half marathon.

“In two months’ time, we’re going to have another fantastic weekend of running in Sunderland, and there’s still time for people to sign up and be part of that.”

Entries for all of the races are being accepted at www.marathonofthenorth.com. To enter the Sunderland City 10k go to www.sunderlandcity10k.com.

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