On Sunday, 1 May, the dismal weather did not hold back runners in the Sunderland Half Marathon and 10k races that started in Keel Square.
Aly Dixon was there to start the race off with a horn and then congratulate and offer advice to winners aswell as giving out medals. The sunderland-born runner has become a local hero due to taking part in last weeks London Marathon and recently finding out she will be in the Rio Olympics. She describes her shock at the news: “At first it was shock and disbelief but now its starting to sink in. It is really amazing it’s like I’m following in the footsteps of my heroes and people that I’ve always looked up to and now people are telling me that now I’m an inspiration, I’m a hero and its a bit scary”
The event was sposored by Siglion. A representative said: “Since the first Run Sunderland Festival in 2011, the Sunderland City 10K and, later, the half marathon have become firmly established on the North East sporting events calendar, with thousands of runners taking part each year.”
Well done to Tadele Geremew Mulugeta from Elswick for winning the half marathon with a time of 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Watch the video below.