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Great North 10k returns to Sunderland for 2010
Kate Reed crosses the line
Kate Reed won the 2009 women's race with a time of 33:22

Sunderland will host the second Bupa Great North 10k on Sunday, 18 July 2010 at 9.45am.

The route starts at Wearmouth Bridge, ends at the Stadium of Light and includes the coastline and Sunderland city centre.

Around 4,500 runners took part in the first Great North 10k in 2009, which was won by Stephen Mokoka from South Africa and the UK's Kate Reed.

The race evolved from the Great Women's Run after it was decided men should be allowed to take part.

The race is now open to runners of both sexes and all abilities aged 15 years and over.

Stephen Mokoka from South Africa crosses the line
Stephen Mokoka from South Africa was first across the finish line in 2009

The Great North 10k is perfectly timed for those in training for the Great North Run which takes place Sunday 19 September.

Find out more about the Great North Run on BBC Tyne

The 10k route also shows off some of Sunderland's best sights and attractions, including the Stadium of Light, Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Wearmouth Bridge, the city centre, parks and riverside.

The day also includes the Bupa Junior Great Sunderland Run which is for youngsters aged nine to 14 years and starts and finishes at the Stadium of Light.

'Electric'

Two men who had their names down for the race earlier in the year are Olympic bronze medallist boxer Tony Jeffries and Emmerdale's Chris Chittell.

Tony Jeffries said: "The Bupa Great North 10k is a fantastic event for the city.

"I was an official starter at the event last year and the atmosphere was electric, especially as it started right outside the Stadium of Light.

"I'm looking forward to being part of it this year by joining the thousands of other runners taking part."

Sunderland AFC's Darren Bent is also showing his support: "This is a great event for the city and for Sunderland Football Club.

"It will be amazing to see thousands of runners participating in such a fantastic sporting event.

"Taking part in a running event is a great way to raise money for the SAFC Foundation which is a brilliant charity that does so much vital work throughout the region."

If you're taking part, come back to BBC Wear after the race and check out our pictures. Or you could send yours to wear@bbc.co.uk




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