Where the roads will close for Sunderland’s Marathon of the North

Marathon of the North 2012 - Runners crossing Wearmouth Bridge
Marathon of the North 2012 - Runners crossing Wearmouth Bridge
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ROADS north and south of the River Wear will be closed while this year’s Marathon of the North takes place.

About 5,000 people are expected to take to the streets of Sunderland a week on Sunday, with the 26-mile event taking place as well as the Half Marathon of the North, Sunderland City 10k and BQ Team Relay runs.

The first roads to close will be Millennium Way in Monkwearmouth, from 4.30am on race day, April 28.

The majority of road closures will come into force from 8am.

Roads will start to open again in stages from 11am.

Everything south of the river should be fully open again by 1pm.

The last roads to reopen will be those in and around the Stadium of Light, which is the start and finish point for the races.

Organisers hope that the closures will cause minimum disruption to residents and businesses in the city.

David Roberts, of event organiser DS Media and Events, said: “The running festival is a major event for the city and provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of Sunderland to runners, spectators and media.

“This schedule of road closures is essential for ensuring that all of the races can run smoothly and safely.”

He added: “We have worked hard to keep disruption for local residents and businesses to a minimum.

“Our aim is to cause as little inconvenience as possible, while allowing as many people as possible to easily access vantage points along the route and support the thousands of runners.”

Sunderland Live chief operating officer Chris Alexander said: “As well as providing opportunities for runners at all levels to take part, the numbers of people in the city will have a positive impact on local businesses.”

He added: “Having reviewed the events that took place last year, we hope that the impact of the road closures will be minimised and that everyone enjoys the day.”

For full details about road closures, go to http://www.marathonofthenorth.co.uk/marathon-of-the-north/road-closures/.