On your marks for coastal run

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On your marks for coastal run

Entry is now open for the North Tyneside 10k Road Race, one of the UK’s most scenic road races.

The event, which takes place on Easter Sunday (1 April 2018), starts at The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields before taking in the Fish Quay, River Tyne, Tynemouth Priory and Castle and a long stretch of coastline before finishing at St. Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.

Cllr Eddie Darke, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said, “This will be the 14th running of the annual road race and I know its one people really look forward to every year.”

“There’s a real buzz at the start line as everyone gathers in anticipation for the challenge ahead with some great local landmarks along the way.” he added.

Runners travel from across the UK to compete in the tough coastal course and, with last year’s race being an early sell-out, runners are being urged to enter quickly to avoid disappointment.

Organised by North Tyneside Council with support from Start Fitness and Northumbria Spring Water, the 6.2 mile event features chip timing, results by text message, video clips and a goody bag with souvenir t-shirt.

The entry fee for UK Athletics Club members is £17 and non-club runners pay £18.

Last year’s race was won by Tadele Geremew in a time of 33 minutes and 04 seconds. The first female runner over the line was Alison Dargie in a time of 38 minutes and 09 seconds.

The course record stands at 30m 20s set by Mongolian athlete Serod Batocir in 2011.

For more information or to enter see www.visitnorthtyneside.com.