The start and finish of the 10K is at Keel Square opposite the Vaux site, a symbol of the city’s renewal and regeneration. After loop around the city centre to wave off your well wishing spectators after 2km, ahead is the imposing structure of Monkwearmouth Bridge which carries runners across the River Wear down onto the river front.
The University of Sunderland campus hosts the runners along the river, passing the National Glass Centre before gently rising up the path to then drop down again toward Sunderland Marina. The bobbing boats provide a fitting backdrop for the halfway point as the route circumnavigates the Marina and eventually brings everyone onto the sea front. Suck in the sea air and enjoy a quick dip if things are hotting up as you head along the shoreline.
A left turn up through the Dene brings you into the famous Roker Park and as you negotiate the incline past the bandstand at 6km you know home is not far away.
A loop through the park brings everyone out on the Roker Terrace and then it’s a flat easy 2km back to Monkwearmouth Bridge and a right turn back onto St Mary’s Way welcomes everyone to the finish line.
All routes are subject to change.