Ambassadors On Their Marks For Sunderland City Runs
Three grass roots runners who will be encouraging the public to get involved in this year's Sunderland City Runs, recently met up with a North East charity fundraising legend...
Sunderland City Runs are set to take place on 7/8 May, kicking off a summer of major sporting events in the city. A fixture on the grass roots sports calendar for over a decade, the events attract thousands of people to the north east area every year.
Each year, a team of ambassadors helps to promote the Sunderland City Runs and encourage the public to get involved. Three of the 2022 ambassadors recently met up with fundraising guru Colin Burgin-Plews to find out how Big Pink Dress uses running events to promote and support good causes.
The three ambassadors are Chris Johnson, who was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2020 and runs to keep fit through treatment, and raise money for charity; Nicole Glover, who has lost seven stone and changed her life through running; and Richard Houghton, men’s captain at North East club Elswick Harriers.
Colin Burgin-Plews commented: “I love getting involved in the Sunderland City Runs and it’s one of my favourite weekends of the year. Living close by in South Shields means that I get to see loads of familiar faces during the event, which is great encouragement for me, and they’re always generous with donations.
"Big regional occasions like this are a brilliant opportunity to shine a spotlight on so many great causes, so it was a real pleasure to meet the ambassadors and share some of my experiences with them!”
Organisers expect over 3,000 runners to take part in the 2022 Sunderland City Runs, with thousands more spectators lining the streets of Sunderland to cheer them on. The event will kick off with the Northern Spire 5K on the evening of Saturday 7 May. Starting and finishing on the Northern Spire bridge, the 5K route has been adjusted to be even flatter and faster than in previous years, ideal for both leading club athletes in the dedicated elite field, and for novice runners who want to challenge themselves with a first race.
Sunday 8 May will see the Active Sunderland 3K and the return of the popular Sunderland City 10K and Sunderland City Half Marathon, both starting and finishing in the city centre between Keel Square and the new City Hall.
You can find out more and enter now at the event website.
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