Everything you need to know about the Sunderland 10k and Half Marathon 2016

RUN: Runners brave the wet weather to take part in the Sunderland 10K and Half Marathon event 2015.  Picture: DAVID WOOD
RUN: Runners brave the wet weather to take part in the Sunderland 10K and Half Marathon event 2015. Picture: DAVID WOOD
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Thousands of runners will be out pounding round the city’s streets on Sunday as the Sunderland 10k and Half Marathon return to Wearside.

Here’s a round up of the essential information if you’re running, watching – or hoping to avoid – either of the events:

Sunderland City 10k and Half Marathon

Sunderland City 10k and Half Marathon

Where and when do the 10k and Half Marathon’s start and finish?

Both routes start and finish at Keel Square in Sunderland city centre, with Sunderland marathon runner and Rio Olympics athlete Alyson Dixon as the official starter.

Runners have been asked to arrive 20 minutes before the start.

The starting line timetable is:

9.40am 10k Assembly

10am 10k start

10.05am Half Marathon assembly

10.25am Half Marathon start

Runners will finish in their own times, but rough time windows for finishing for non-elite runners are:

10k: 30 minutes – 1 hour 40 minutes

Half Marathon: 70 minutes – 3.5 hours

What is the route and where can I watch if I’m spectating?

Zipping past our parks, over the Wearmouth Bridge, through the marina and along the coast, the routes for both the 10k and Half Marathon take in some of Sunderland’s greatest places.

There are some fantastic places to watch the run, but many Wearsiders may find their street is the best place to cheer on the runners.

You can find links to the route maps here:

•Sunderland 10 route map
•Sunderland Half Marathon route

Which roads will be closed and when?

Central St Mary’s Boulevard – 6am to 4pm

Wearmouth Bridge – 8am to 4pm

Fawcett Street – 8.45am to 1pm

Burdon Road – 8.45am to 12.30pm

Sunniside/Tatham Street – 8.45am to 11.30am

Toward Road – 8.45 to 12pm

Hendon West Wear Street – 8.45am to 1pm

Hendon Road – 8.45am to 11.30am

NB The A1018 will be fully open beyond White House Road Roundabout

Grangetown Ryhope Road – 8.45am – 12.30pm

Ashbrooke Ryhope Road – 8.45am – 12.30pm

Mowbray Road & Park Road (between Ryhope Road and Toward Road) – 8.45am to 12.30pm

Riverside Dame Dorothy Way – 8.45am to 2.30pm

Access to Marina area, Liberty Way and Sand Point via control point at Wolsey Pub/Langeford Place

Seafront Roker Terrace - A183 to Side Cliff Road 8.45am – 2pm

NB Side cliff Road and A183 beyond that junction are open

There will be emergency access for vehicles at all times

Which footpaths and cycle lanes will be closed?

Footpath leading from Bonner’s Field to Palmers Hill Quay

National Cycle Network off-road cycle path, riverside route from Palmer’s Hill Quay, in a northerly direction

Footpaths along the west, north and east sides of North Dock

Footpaths between Normanby Court and Wheatsheaf Court

Footpath between Craven Court and Hallgarth Court

Footpath, which extends from Marine Walk into Roker Park, beneath Roker Terrace

The coastal footpath that runs along the cliff top from Roker Park / Side Cliff Road to Seaburn Terrace /

Seaburn Beach

The Promenade at Seaburn, from Dykelands Road to South Bents Avenue

Where can I park if I’m going to the event or to the city centre?

•There is limited free car parking on the Sunderland University City campus which will be sign posted as EVENT CAR PARKING.

•There are additional car parks within a mile of the start that will be open for runners

•The Civic Centre Car Park (accessible from Cowan Terrace, £2 charge)

•Sunniside Car Park (£1.50 all day fee)

•The Bridges Car Park (£1.50 all day fee).

Public transport

This is the best way to get to the event if you’re running or spectating

Sunderland and Park Lane Metro stations are both just minutes from the start and finish area

There are also plenty of regular buses

You can find all the information about public transport in Sunderland by visiting: www.sunderland.gov.uk. Choose Services/Transport and Streets/Public Transport.

What will the weather be like?

The weather is currently forecast to be mainly dry on Sunday, with a risk of some rain and wind.

Temperatures are expected to be cool, about 7 – 9 degrees C while the run is taking place

For further information, you contact the Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10K team:


Tel: 0191 520 5518

Web: sunderlandcity10k.com