RECAP: Amazing morning as Sunderland 10k and Sunderland half marathon events return to city

Hundreds of people have taken part in the Sunderland 10k and half marathon events as the city took a massive step towards a return normality.

Sunday, 20th June 2021, 2:02 pm
Sunderland Strollers members after the run
Sunderland Strollers members after the run

Organisers pulled out all the stops to ensure the events could go ahead while remaining covid-secure.

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Last updated: Sunday, 20 June, 2021, 10:51

  • Hundreds of people took place in the Sunderland 10k and half marathon events today
  • It came after a successful return of the 5k and 3k events on Saturday
  • The were the first road-closed mass participation events in the North East since the pandemic began

The Big Pink Dress is ready to see the runners off

The Big Pink Dress ready to see runners off

This is the ‘holding area’ outside Sunderland Minster where people are waiting for their colours to the called up to make their way to the starting line

Runners thrilled to be back racing

Among the runners are members of Silky Striders, Ruth Turner, Catherine Baldridge, Helen Gibson and Peter Turner.

Ruth said: “It’s really fabulous to be back, a sign things are going back to normal.

“A lot of people signed up for the race last year and that’s been carried forward.

“It’s great to be together again.”

Seaham Aspiring Ladies helps women start and keep up running.

“Fabulous”, “exciting” and “exhilarating” were words they used to describe the feeling before they set off on the 10k.

Before the half marathon began, we caught up with Carl Donkin and his 4Louis team. They are running in memory of his son Harrison. It’s the latest in a long line of events he’s joined in to raise funds - now with his mates too.

The 4Louis team

Running the half today for St Benedict’s Hospice today is

He said: “It feels great to be back, that adrenaline feeling, and despite all the coronavirus restrictions, it doesn’t feel too different and there’s still a carnival atmosphere, it’s great to see some familiar faces.”

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