The events got underway this morning, with the fastest runners expected to complete the 10k in little more than half an hour.
The longer-distance races come after the 5k event on Friday night.
The races returned in 2021 under covid measures, but this is the first time the events have been back in full swing.
Watch armed police guard Sunderland house after large-scale cannabis farm found inside address off Chester Road
Watch Sunderland teen who took cannabis drive at up to '70mph in a 20mph zone’ and on wrong side of road in police pursuit
Sunderland fan in Arizona faces a 10,500 mile round trip to Wembley - and look at the name of the street he's travelling from!
Trusted administrator stole over £21k of her Sunderland firm's cash to spend on Just Eat takeaways and treats
Drug addict who burgled vulnerable pensioners is put behind bars
Check back later for more pictures, video and reaction at sunderlandecho.com