YOUNG runners are under starter’s orders for the beginning of this year’s festival of running in Sunderland.
The Sunderland Big Mini Fun Run on Saturday, May 3, is hoping to encourage children and families from across the city to run, walk or toddle their way along the one mile route around Mowbray Park.
The run takes place from 11am, and is open to children aged three to seven if they are accompanied by an adult, and children aged eight to 10 who can run it by themselves.
Everyone taking part is encouraged to run in fancy dress, should they wish.
“This event is a great way for young children and their parents to join in and have some good healthy fun,” said Councillor John Kelly, portfolio holder for public health at Sunderland City Council.
“Last year, it was fantastic to see so many people turning up in fancy dress and making it such a colourful event.
“This year, we are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces coming back as well as those joining in for the first time.”
The event is a warm-up for the Sunderland City 10k and Sunderland Half Marathon races, both of which take place the day after on Sunday, May 4, starting and finishing at the Stadium of Light.
The Big Mini Fun Run costs £3 per person, with entries on the day available at registration from 10.15am onwards. Organisers say they can only accept cash payments on-site.
All of those taking part will receive an Active Sunderland medal once they have finished the course.
Go to www.activesunderland.org.uk for more details.