Former world record holder Steve Cram has teamed up with London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medallist Richard Whitehead - known as the British Blade Runner - to launch the Half Marathon of the North. The north east's newest half marathon is organised for Sunday 28 April, and fill form part of a full programme of runs that includes the Marathon of the North and the Sunderland City 10K.
Starting and finishing outside Sunderland AFC's Stadium of Light, the course passes over the Wearmouth Bridge and takes runners through some of the city's most iconic locations. With the Marathon of the North and the Sunderland City 10K taking place on the same day, around 6,000 competitors are expected.
Like the Marathon of the North and the Sunderland City 10K, Cram said he expects many Scottish runners to take the short trip to the north east: "The Half Marathon of the North will be the ideal event for any club runner in the north of England or Scotland who is looking for a spring road race to tackle. I am sure that it will also appeal to fun runners who want to set themselves an achievable challenge for the first half of next year."
Whitehead, who holds world records in his class for both the half marathon (1:14:14) and the marathon (2:42:54), commented on the launch: "I've always been passionate about road running, as I like the inclusive nature of the sport - where anyone who wants to can get involved. Whether you want to take part, be a helper on the day or simply come down to support the runners, this event is something that anyone can play a role in."
For more information and to register, visit the event website.