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Virtual Sunderland City Runs

Target a ‘race’ at Virtual Sunderland City Runs

The organisers of Sunderland City Runs have launched a virtual event in May where participants choose a ‘race’, complete with timing, prizes and medals. This gives runners a goal to aim for in the short term ahead of the revised September date for Sunderland City Runs Festival.

Sunderland City Runs is organised by Events of the North in partnership with Sunderland City Council and a bumper turnout was expected in the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon on the weekend 9–11 May. Thousands of pounds would have been raised for charity and for those taking part, a chance to celebrate after all the training and preparation.

Coronavirus caused the event to be postponed until 26-27 September; however, the organisers, recognising all the hard work and miles logged even during lockdown, have created the Virtual Sunderland City Runs in partnership with My Laps (registration) and HS Sports (timing). This event is fundraising for charity partner St Benedict’s Hospice.

Runners register online, choosing one of the three distances – 5K, 10K or Half Marathon, download a special app then record the time for their solo run completed anytime from 9 May to midnight 11 May. Event founder Steve Cram will join staff from St Benedict’s for a Zoom call to be live streamed on Facebook. He will start the event by sounding a hooter at 9am on Saturday (9 May).

Participants submit their time for validation and results will be published on 14 May. Prizes and medals will be securely delivered after the event.

North East charity fundraising star Big Pink Dress a.k.a. Colin Burgin-Plews is taking part along withSunderland Team GB athlete and St Benedict’s Hospice Ambassador Aly Dixon.

For more information and to enter, visit the Sunderland City Runs website.

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