More than 100 people take part in Big Sunderland Family Run

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Wearsiders young and old alike laced up their trainers for two family fun runs at a historic Sunderland park.

The Active Sunderland Big Family Fun Run was held on Saturday afternoon as people took part in 1.5k and 3k courses which snaked around Mowbray Park.

Runners taking part in the Active Sunderland Big Family Fun Run in Mowbray Park.

Runners taking part in the Active Sunderland Big Family Fun Run in Mowbray Park.

More than 100 people had signed up to take part in the runs.

The annual event acts a warm-up for the Sunderland City 10k and half marathon runs, which about 4,000 people are set to compete in on Sunday.

Finishing first in the 3k race was Sunderland swimmer Jonathan Carlisle, from Seaburn.

"I thought it was great," said the 23-year-old.

"I was doing it to raise money for the Sunderland Sports Fund as it has helped me with my swimming.

"The weather's turned out really nice for it. I think it's a good event for Sunderland to host as we didn't have things like this when I was younger.

"It's a great event to promote the city."

Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke got the participants ready with a warm-up from the bandstand in the park before the races got underway amid sunny and clear skies.

Nicola Martin, 43, of Washington, was taking part in the 1.5k race with her son Harry, eight, and other members of his football team Washington NSG Athletic.

"I'd say 1.5k was more than enough in distance but we enjoyed it," said Nicola.

"When we left home it was raining quite heavily but thankfully the sun has turned out.

"There are 20 of us involved with the football club taking part. We'd known about it for a while and were looking forward to it."

Deputy mayor of Sunderland, Coun Alan Emerson, who handed out medals to finishers, said: "I think we've had an absolutely brilliant turnout.

"The weather's been good and you can see that the kids have really enjoyed themselves.

"What we want is to see more children and their parents in Sunderland taking part in events like this, because it improves their health and makes them feel better."