HUNDREDS of runners have already signed up for next year’s Marathon of the North in Sunderland.
After last month’s announcement that the road race would take place on Sunday, May 6, nearly 1,000 people have entered online for the inaugaral event.
The marathon will form part of a weekend festival of running, which will include the second Sunderland City 10k on the same day, as well as a programme of live music and entertainment.
Former world champion athlete Steve Cram, who is organising the event, said: “The Marathon of the North was created to meet the demand for a new road marathon in the North of England, and it’s great to see that the race is proving popular with entrants signing up from the North, but also from right across the UK.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for athletes in the region and elsewhere to get involved and experience a great new course.
“The route is set to take in some of Sunderland’s most iconic landmarks and we have also designed it to be as flat and fast as possible.”
Steve also urged those interested in running to sign up before the end of this month.
Runners can register for £30 until Wednesday. After then, the entry price will rise to £33 for club runners and £35 for non-club runners.
Steve, who is chancellor of Sunderland University, added: “An early bird booking discount is still available to people who sign up before the end of November and I hope that as many people as possible will come to Sunderland next May to be part of the inaugural race.”
Entrants can sign up for the Marathon of the North by going to www.marathonofthenorth.com.
Organisers say details of the race routes will be revealed before the new year on the website, along with a route map.
For next year’s Sunderland City 10k, all of this year’s runners will be given priority registration and guaranteed places at www.sunderlandcity10k.com.
Entry for the Sunderland City 10k is priced at £19 for club runners and £21 for non-club runners.