Thousands take to streets for Sunderland 10k and half marathon

Sunderland 10k and half marathon This year's half marathon followed a new route through the city centre and along the River Wear and sea front

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More than 2,500 people ran through Sunderland as part of the city's 10k race and half marathon.

Organisers said more than 1,500 people took part in the 10k (6.3 miles) event and about 1,000 were in the half marathon.

Both runs started and finished at the Stadium of Light.

A decision was made not to stage a full marathon this year because of city centre redevelopment works.

However, Sunderland City Council said it hoped to reinstate the 26.2 mile (42.1km) challenge next year.

Last year, thousands of runners in the full and half marathons were told the course they followed was 264m (288 yards) short as marshals had been standing in the wrong positions.

Only the winner of the marathon completed the full distance.

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