the organisers of a festival of running are appealing for volunteers as the countdown to race day nears.
Almost 150 people have already signed up to help with the Sunderland City 10k and half-marathon runs, but more helpers are needed for the races on Sunday, May 3.
We have a role for pretty much anyone and no experience is required,Steve Cram, Sunderland City 10k and Sunderland City Half Marathon organiser
Now in their fifth year, the events, starting and ending at the city’s Stadium of Light, are expected to attract thousands of runners.
Event founder Steve Cram said: “Over the last five years, one of the key elements that has helped make the Run Sunderland Festival such a success is the high level of community involvement. Not only does the city provide many of our runners, but every year, loads of people come forward to volunteer to help out along the route.
“We gratefully welcome people from all walks of life.
“From marshals to drivers, car park attendants to water station volunteers, and to give out T-shirts and medals and look after our finishers in the event village, we have a role for pretty much anyone and no experience is required.
“The only thing we ask is that volunteers are over the age of 16.”
Volunteers will receive a packed lunch and an event jacket in return for their help.
The Community Foundation is one of the organisations helping to recruit volunteers, and it has also provided support from within its own ranks in the form of its community programmes manager, Karen Daglish.
The foundation is already working with groups in Sunderland on Fourteen, a £3.5m legacy project launched after last year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
In Sunderland, Ryhope and Hendon have been selected to benefit from funding of at least £200,000 over three years, and that is to be boosted by £140,000 from the foundation.
Ms Daglish said: “Glasgow 2014 was recognised for the contribution that volunteers made, putting the city on the map. As the run passes through Hendon, it will be great to show as much support as possible for the runners.”
For information about the festival, visit www.sunderlandcity10k.com. To volunteer , email firstname.lastname@example.org