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:
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:
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 /
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).
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