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Run for charity at the Sunderland City 10k and the Marathon of the North

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It’s nearly time to get your running gear on and race to the platform. The Sunderland City 10K takes place on 6 May 2012. This year, it’s got a companion too – the first ever Marathon of the North – and Redspottedhanky.com is sponsoring both events.

Read on to find out more – and if you’re heading up north for the big day, make sure you hot-foot it to our journey planner first for cheap train tickets.

Last year, thousands of runners headed out in the heat for the inaugural Sunderland City 10K, raising masses of money for both local and national charities in the process.

Redspottedhanky.com is proud to be sponsoring this fantastic event again this year – and we’re hoping that even more cash will be raised for deserving causes, including our partner charity, Railway Children, in 2012.

This year, a new event’s being into the race-day fold – the first ever Marathon of the North – and we’re sponsoring that too. So grab your running shoes, pick up your water bottles and head to Sunderland on May 6 to be part of the action.

The Sunderland City 10k

Whether you’re an experienced runner or just starting out, young or old, planning to run for fitness or for charity, the Sunderland 10K is the race for you.

Taking part in the Sunderland 10K will also give you the opportunity to discover Sunderland and see some of its most famous landmarks.

The race – due to begin at 10.15 a.m. on Sunday May 6 2012 – begins and ends at the Stadium of Light, one of the most highly regarded football stadiums in Europe and the home of Sunderland AFC. The race route takes runners across the River Wear by way of the Monkwearmouth Bridge and into the city centre.

Participants will then run through Mowbray Park – a Victorian municipal park known for its sculptures, which also offers superb views of the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens – and on through the newly renovated and now fashionable Sunniside Area of the city.

The route then continues along the riverside, through the University of Sunderland Campus, around the Sunderland Marina and along the shoreline, before heading through the city’s famous Roker Park and back into the Stadium of Light.

For a taste of the race day atmosphere, take a look at our Sunderland 10K 2011 photo gallery or watch the video below:

The Marathon of the North

The inaugural Marathon of the North – the first major road marathon to take place in the North of England – is due to kick off at 9.15 on Sunday May 6 2012.

This new race will be a true test of any runner’s stamina and is likely to attract competitors from all over the world. The Marathon of the North’s 26.2 mile route incorporates the Sunderland 10K route and, like the shorter race, starts and ends in the Stadium of Light.

For more information and to download a pdf of the route, visit the Marathon of the North website.

Getting there by train

Although car parking spaces are available at the Stadium of Light on race day, they’re likely to fill up quickly and, with some of the city’s roads closed for the event, travelling to Sunderland by train is a far better option.

Getting to the event is simple when you travel by rail – just take the train to Sunderland Railway Station and hop on the Metro to get to the Stadium of Light.

And don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap tickets before you set off – you could use the money you save to off-set some of the entry fee or use it to kick-start your charity fundraising. And if you aren’t running, you could use it to sponsor someone else who is.

Will you be heading off to the Sunderland 10K or the Marathon of the North? Let us know by leaving a comment below…

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