Entries open for road race by seaside

ENTRIES are now being taken for one of the scenic road races in the country.

This year’s North Tyneside 10K Road Race will take place on Easter Sunday, April 8, and, as ever, both serious athletes and fun-runners are expected to turn out to tackle the coastal course.

The race will begin at the Parks Sports Centre in North Shields before taking in the fish quay, Tynemouth Priory and the North Sea coastline up through Whitley Bay to the finishing line at St Mary’s Lighthouse.

The number of entrants allowed is limited to 2,200, so the event’s organisers are urging runners to sign up soon to avoid potential disappointment.

The six-mile run is being organised by North Tyneside Council in partnership with Start Fitness and North Shields Polytechnic Club.

It is being sponsored by Wallsend’s Tyne Metropolitan College and Northern Pure.

Glynis Barrie, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture, tourism and safer communities, said: “The race is an event that we should really be proud of.

“It showcases some of the beautiful scenery that this borough has to offer to thousands of people – not just from this country but from across Europe too.

“I would like to wish everyone who takes part the very best of luck.

“I hope they enjoy their experience.”

Last year’s race was won by Morpeth Harriers member Serod Batochir.

The Mongolian-born runner finished on the half-hour mark.

The first female over the finishing line was Rosie Smith, running for Durham City Harriers and completing the race in 35mins.

The entry fee for a UK Athletics Club member is £15 and for non-club member it is £17.

Everyone taking part will receive a goody bag at the end, and participants must be aged over 15.

Entry forms are available at sports centres, libraries and tourist information centre, online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk, by e-mailing events@northtyneside.gov.uk or by calling (0191) 643 7409.