X Factor singer to perform at Sunderland marathon build up

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A SINGER who wowed the crowds on The X Factor will perform a set for runners preparing for their next challenge.

Organisers of the Marathon of the North, Half Marathon of the North, BQ Team Relay and Sunderland City 10k have announced Robbie Hance will perform at the Asda Pasta Party in the Park on the evening before the races.

Robbie was a homeless singer and songwriter when he captivated the nation during an audition for the programme with a heart-rending version of Damien Rice’s Coconut Skins.

The footage has now been viewed over 2.7million times on YouTube.

For personal reasons, Robbie pulled out of the competition, but his talent is being given a chance to shine thanks to Nicola Hobrough, a young mother from the North East, who made it her mission to get him writing and performing again.

The Wearside event, which will be held in Mowbray Park, will be his first live set since his television appearance.

Event founder Steve Cram will provide words of encouragement to the runners who attend and will be joined by some of the leading contenders in the races that will be held the following morning.

Steve said: “We’re delighted that Robbie is able to join us at the Asda Pasta Party.”

He added: “He has an amazing story and great musical talent, and has already inspired a phenomenal following online.”

The party will be held from 5pm to 7pm in Mowbray Park, following the finish of the Junior Miles of the North races, and will include a pre-race clinic.

Entry is free to runners taking part in the races and £3 to others.