Sunderland people urged to get Active this summer

RUNNING IN THE FAMILY: from left, Ellie, and Emily Powell flying the flag for fitness with mum Lisa and dad Andy ahead of the Active Sunderland BIG Mini Fun Run in Mowbray Park.

RUNNING IN THE FAMILY: from left, Ellie, and Emily Powell flying the flag for fitness with mum Lisa and dad Andy ahead of the Active Sunderland BIG Mini Fun Run in Mowbray Park.

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WEARSIDERS are being urged to get active this summer with a series of events across the city.

This year’s Active Sunderland Participation events offer activities for people of all ages and abilities.

First up will be the Active Sunderland Big Mini Fun Run, which takes place on Saturday, May 2, in Mowbray Park as part of a weekend which also includes the Sunderland Half Marathon and 10K.

Neil Revely, executive director for people services for Sunderland City Council, said: “This year’s Active Sunderland Events programme will once again give everyone in the city, whatever their age or ability, the opportunity to get involved in an active and fun event.

“Our first event, The Big Mini Fun Run is a great way for young children and their parents to join in and have some good healthy fun. The event, in our award-winning Mowbray Park, has proved especially popular with family groups and it is always great to see so many people taking part. The run has a fantastic friendly atmosphere, and I encourage as many people as possible to come along and join in.”

The run takes place from 1.30pm and is open to children aged 3-7 if they are accompanied by an adult, and children aged 8-10 who can run it by themselves. There is a choice of a one-mile or two-mile circuit of the park.

It costs £3 per person and everyone will receive an Active Sunderland medal when they finish.

The next Active Sunderland Event in the calendar will be the hugely popular Sunderland Big Bike Ride which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14. The five-mile family bike ride takes place in Herrington Country Park on the Saturday. On the Sunday starting from the University Campus, St. Peter’s Riverside, riders can take in some of the best scenery Sunderland has to offer with a choice of three different routes covering distances of 14, 20 and 35 miles.

For more details on this and the other fantastic Big events, visit www.activesunderland.org.uk or email active@sunderland.gov.uk

Entry forms for both events are also available at all leisure centres and libraries across the city.