A special reception to celebrate the contribution of volunteers to events across Wearside has been held in the city.
Former world athletics champion Steve Cram and the Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran, hosted the thank-you ceremony for those who gave up their time to work on events including the Sunderland City 10k and half marathon.
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.Coun Barry Curran
Coun Curran said: “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.”
About 250 volunteers signed up to assist about 3,000 runners taking part across the Sunderland City 10k and half marathon, 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.”
Thousands of runners took part in both races, held in May, which began and finished at the Stadium of Light.
The 10k was won by Wondiye Indelbu in 32 minutes and 50 seconds. First lady was Aly Dixon of Sunderland Strollers in 34:50. The half marathon was won by Tadele Mulugeta in 71:24, while Louise Rodgers won the women’s race in 88:42.