COMPETITORS are on their marks for this weekend’s festival of running in Sunderland.
Thousands of runners will pound the pavements in the Marathon of the North and Sunderland City 10k events tomorrow.
Today, hundreds are expected to take part in the Sunderland Echo Junior Run and the Sunderland in 2012 Mini Run.
Organiser Steve Cram said: “The main task this year is to make sure it is a really well organised event and we want people to support it as well.
“If they do, then hopefully we can grow it next year.”
Echo managing director Stuart Birkett, digital editor Ross Robertson and reporter Georga Spottiswood are taking on the 26.2-mile course tomorrow.
Ross said: “It’s going to be a tough challenge, but I’m looking forward to it. The route takes in some great parts of the city and hopefully the buzz of the event will spur me and Georga on when the going gets tough.”
There will be a moment’s applause before the start of Sunday’s race in memory of runners Ged Clarke and Claire Squires, who both died while doing recent marathons.
l For updates on the weekend’s races as well as videos, visit www.sunderlandecho.com.
A full report on the Marathon of the North and Sunderland City 10k will be available in Monday’s Echo.