Wearside runners urged to take part

Nathan Reed.
Nathan Reed.
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WEARSIDE athletes have more events on their doorstep, as they search for further competition following the successful staging of the Sunderland Festival of Running at the weekend.

Around 4000 runners took part in the three events – 10k, half marathon and The Marathon of the North – from the Stadium of Light on Sunday and, no doubt, many will be looking for their next race date.

Sunderland Strollers stage their popular Pier-to-Pier race from South Shields to Roker on Sunday, May 12, over a distance of about seven miles.

Runners can take their own route as long as they stay off the highway. Already over 700 have entered the race, jointly promoted with South Shields Harriers. Full details are available on the Sunderland Strollers website.

Next up is the Sunderland Harriers 23rd staging of the Penshaw Hill race over a distance of approximately three miles.

This is held on Wednesday, June 5 at 7.15pm. Presentations takes place in the Monument pub afterwards. Entries available on onlineentries@race-results.co.uk

A new event on the fixture list is the Durham Coast multi-terrain half marathon from Seaham to Crimdon Dene on Sunday, June 9. Entries available on www.durhamcoasthalfmarathon.co.uk.

The Sunderland 5k road race is staged at Silksworth Sports Complex on Wednesday, July 17 at 7.15pm. The event is held on a fast course and many personal bests are recorded. The North East Championship is held in conjunction with the race. Fun runners are also welcome. Enter on onlineentries@race-results.co.uk

All the above events are well organised and have been licensed by UK Athletics, they are open to all, from serious athletes to the fun runner.

H Sunderland Harrier Nathan Reed’s busy racing programme last week resulted in two personal bests and a win on the track.

He clocked a personal best of 15.47, in fourth, in the Wallsend 5k on Sunday. That was followed by a win (4.01.7) in the 1500m on the track at North Eastern Grand Prix at Monkton on Wednesday, in a time just outside his best.

Then on Sunday in the Great North 10k he finished runner-up to his clubmate, Weynay Ghebresilasie, in the Sunderland Festival of Running Great North 10k in another PB of 34.17.

The John Archer coached 20-year-old now targets the British Universities 1500m at Bedford at the weekend when he bids for a place in the final.

H Entries for the North East Track and Field Championships close on Saturday.

The championships are staged at Gateshread Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, May 25/26.