North East's Marathon
I did this last week and it's well organised, a really diverse route taking in shops, parks, quayside, coast, residential and industrial sites. It starts and finishes at the Stadium of Light with an opportunity to go inside to collect your medal. One or two marshaling hicups that I reported, but I would tip this one for anyone wanting to do do a first marathon. It's not a pb course as there's a good chance that you will have to run into wind somewhere, simply because the course goes out in 3 different directions from a central point. There's some significant hills. Significant in that they are around 19 miles and led into a stronghead wind on the coast. It was very windy last week but I will settle for my 3:11 time. Loads of loos, water, etc. They also run a half and a 10k the same day, and kids races the day before. Sunderland has turned into a lovely city and is a good place to head for a weekend.
Brian, you could run Saltburn in August, sorry Saltburn-bye-the-Sea in the North Riding of Yorkshire
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