THE Earl of Durham’s private estate was opened up once again for this year’s Lambton Run, raising funds for Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light.
The 10k and 3k events are organised by SAFC’s charitable wing to raise funds for their work with families in Sunderland.
The running challenges are also a rare chance for the public to see inside Lord Durham’s private grounds.
The scenic route took runners past the historic Biddick Hall and Lambton Castle – used as location for the period drama The Paradise – and through the estate’s woodland and pastures.
Those taking part in the family-friendly 3k event were encouraged to run in animal-themed fancy dress, harking back to when the estate was home to Lambton Lion Park.
Echo digital editor Ross Robertson was among those taking part in the 10k event.
He said: “It’s an excellent event for a good cause – and it’s been a great chance to explore the estate, something you can’t normally do.
“Running past usually hidden buildings like the castle and the hall was a great experience – though there are some pretty tough hills on the route which really took it out of me, especially with it being a warm morning.”