Ready to run? Sunderland’s Race for Grace sets off this Sunday

The Northumbrian Water H2O Gang who will be taking part in the Mascot Race at Race for Grace
The Northumbrian Water H2O Gang who will be taking part in the Mascot Race at Race for Grace
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THESE mascots are calling on fun runners and walkers to get themselves to Herrington Country Park this weekend as the 10th Race for Grace takes place.

This Sunday hundreds of people are expected at the Wearside beauty spot to take on the three-mile course.

The Mascot Race, including the Northumbrian Water Super Heroes and the Grace House Kite, gets underway at 11am before Sunderland-born and raised Horrible Histories author Terry Deary sets the runners and walkers on their way at 11.30am.

An excited Terry said: “This is the race I look forward to every year.

“It’s a happy race and so many of the people taking part are an inspiration to me.”

Terry is also encouraging those taking part to dress up as their favourite Horrible History character and three lucky people will receive signed copies from the Horrible History series.

Gentoo construction workers are busy carrying out the final phases of the hospice build.

It is expected to be fully equipped and open by the end of this year.

Karen Maclennan, regional fund-raiser at Grace House, said: “The fund-raising office is buzzing with registrations. Special thanks must go to all our volunteers who help us each year and make Race for Grace an event our supporters want to take part in year after year.”

This year will also see fun activities for all to enjoy.

There will be football, penalty shoot-out and dodgeball games supplied by North East Sport and the Friends of Grace House Seaburn, will be holding a tombola.

Cakes from Cakes by Julie will be on offer and there will also be raffle tickets to win a brand new Citroen C1 donated by Town Centre Citroen.

Those wanting to take part or in the race or want more information should contact the appeal office on 516 6302.

Registrations will be taken on the day but participants are expected to raise additional sponsorship too. There are plenty of car parking spaces which will be allocated on arrival into the park on the grassed areas.

Entry is £7.50 for adults, £3 for five to 17-year-olds and free to those four and under.

All entrants will receive a commemorative medal and goodie bag.

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