Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Weekend of Races; Marathon of the North Attracts Cheerful Crowds

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Weekend of Races; Marathon of the North Attracts Cheerful Crowds

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Byline: HELEN RAE Health Reporter

DAMP weather did not affect the high spirits of thousands of runners who took part in the region's marathon.

The Marathon of the North, founded by South Tyneside-born athletics hero Steve Cram, took place in Sunderland yesterday.

Around 5,000 people took part and many friends and relatives lined the streets to cheer.

The weekend began with the Junior Miles of the North in Mowbray Park, which attracted around 150 boys and girls for a series of races.

The mile events were followed by the Asda Pasta Party in the Park, which included live entertainment by local acts and X Factor and You-Tube sensation Robbie Hance, and a runners' workshop with event founder Steve Cram, leading North East runner Aly Dixon and physio Paul Hobrough.

The weekend's festival of running also included the Half Marathon of the North, the Sunderland City 10k and BQ Team Relay.

The winner of the Marathon of the North was Jake Harrison, of Leicester Tri Club, who crossed the finishing line in 2:42:24 - he led from start to finish. …

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