Runners prepare for Sunderland 10k and Half Marathon

Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke used her motivational skills to train Sunderland 10K runners at the Virgin Active centre in Doxford Park.
Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke used her motivational skills to train Sunderland 10K runners at the Virgin Active centre in Doxford Park.
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WEARSIDERS limbering up for next month’s festival of running were put through their paces at another training event as the days count down to race day.

The latest free Start Me Up For Sunderland event, with a major increase in capacity following the high level of demand for the initiative’s first two sessions.

Start Me Up For Sunderland has been really well received so far and it’s been great to see such enthusiasm from people all over the city who want to get into running, but weren’t sure how to start

Katie Bulmer-Cooke

Led by fitness entrepreneur and Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke, the event was held at the Virgin Active Health Club in Doxford Park and followed on from the first Start Me Up gathering which began at The Bridges.

Katie, who was joined by international athlete and Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon for the event, said: “Start Me Up For Sunderland has been really well received so far and it’s been great to see such enthusiasm from people all over the city who want to get into running, but weren’t sure how to start.

“Thanks to Virgin Active, we are able to host this free session for a much larger number.”

Start Me Up For Sunderland is designed for anyone who wants to lead a more active lifestyle, but doesn’t know where to start.

Through a combination of mentoring and easy group runs with qualified coaches and training tips, the programme looks to build confidence and prepares participants to be able to tackle events such as the Sunderland City 10K. Along with the Sunderland City Half Marathon, the 10k forms the Run Sunderland Festival, now in its fifth year and a partnership between event organiser DS Media & Events, Sunderland City Council and spin-off organisation Sunderland Live.

Organisers of the Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10k are expecting around 4,000 people to take part in the events on Sunday, May 3.

l For more information about the events and to book a place on one of them visit www.sunderlandcity10k.com.