Route Description

The Sunderland City Half Marathon NEW start and finish is at Keel Square, a symbol of the city’s renewal and regeneration. The new route winds through the city centre, passing your well wishing spectators after a short 600m loop before following much of the 2015 route through the Sunniside area where may spectators gather.

A left turn at approximately 3.5 miles takes the course down Toward Road past Mowbray Park and back to the city centre area before heading back towards Ryhope Road. This wide tree lined road is a great vantage point to see the race in two directions as the turnaround point is just before the Queen Alexandra pub roundabout.  The halfway point is a welcome sight as the return stretch of Ryhope Road eventually reaches Backhouse Park. Burdon Road gives a little relief with a mile long gentle descent back to the bridge.

On reaching the bridge there is approximately 4.5miles of running left to the finish on the north shore of the River Wear.

Progressing along Dame Dorothy Street the course circumnavigates the famous St Peter’s Church before heading to the coast and following the sea front along Roker Terrace.

Upon entering Roker Park there is only 2.6miles left to complete and the route returns to cross Monkwearmouth Bridge via Dame Dorothy Street. With a right turn onto St Mary’s Way the finish is a welcome sight for everyone.

All routes are subject to change.

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