Still time to sign up for the BIG 3k
Places are filling up for this year's Active Sunderland BIG 3K Run, part of the annual Sunderland Runs event taking place on Sunday 7 May.
The BIG 3K Run will get underway on the same day as the Sunderland 10K and Half Marathon, with the shorter course offering a great way for families and beginner runners to get involved and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere.
Among the runners already signed up for this year is 16-year-old Brandon Revell from Peterlee.
This is the second time Brandon has taken part, after also completing the race in 2022. However, just a week later he suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle, requiring surgery and a cast on his leg.
After some time away from running, he has built up his strength by running with the Sunderland Harriers three times a week, but this will be Brandon's first organised running event since his injury.
Brandon said: "When I broke my leg, I thought I wouldn't be able to race for a very long time but I'm over the moon with how quickly I was able to start training, and I have just recently started racing again.
"I've entered this year to see how well my leg has recovered and even though I'm still not at full fitness and can't race as fast as I used to, I will try hard to be as near the front as I can."
Councillor Linda Williams Cabinet Member for Vibrant City at Sunderland City Council, said: "We have so many great Active Sunderland opportunities taking place in the city this year, and plenty for people to come along and take part in.
"The Active Sunderland BIG 3K gives runners of all ages and abilities the chance to get involved in a large-scale running event and soak up the lively atmosphere that comes with the Sunderland Runs."
The Active Sunderland BIG 3K Run will take place on Sunday 7 May 2023 at 9am. Starting and finishing at Keel Square, it takes in parts of the closed road routes of 10K and Half Marathon.
Entry is just £10 per adult and £5 per under 18 which includes a t-shirt, finisher medal and chip timing. A group ticket is also available at just £20 for 4 people (a maximum of 2 adults).
For more information on the BIG 3k or to register for the event, visit Active Sunderland BIG 3K Run - MySunderland