World record holder and Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards CBE has teamed up with the Elected Mayor of North Tyneside and race organisers to officially launch the new date for the second Whitley Bay to Newcastle half-marathon.

The annual half-marathon which was successfully launched last year by Total Racing International, starts at Spanish City, Whitley Bay and takes in 13 miles of stunning North Tyneside coastline before finishing on the quayside in Newcastle and will take place again this year on Sunday 29th October 2017. The event is suitable for both charity fun runners and serious club runners.

Entries for the race are now open to members of the public and organisers are predicting an even bigger turn out for this year’s event.

The half-marathon will again form part of the Morpeth to Newcastle marathon race day celebrations held on the same day and will also include a 26 mile Cycle Sportive starting in Morpeth.

Phil Gray, Managing Director of Total Racing International said, “We are delighted to announce the new date and that entry’s are now open to members of the public for this years events.

“We had some amazing feedback from last years participants and third parties and we have been working with North Tyneside, Northumberland and Newcastle Council’s to ensure the race can again take place this year.

“We have created an all inclusive occasion not just for athletes and keen runners but for families and children too. We are also encouraging all entrants to raise funds for local charities.”

Jonathan Edwards, 2000 Olympic Champion, said, “I am delighted to officially launch this years half-marathon and it speaks volume’s that over 2,000 people took part in last years event.

“I am hoping to see some very good club runners, athletes and keen fitness enthusiasts take part in the half-marathon as well as people who just want to take part and raise money for their chosen charity.”
Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn, said: “We have a long tradition of hosting road races and sporting events here in North Tyneside, and this half-marathon is another one that we are more than happy to support.
“The health benefits of running are widely known, and it is always my hope that these events will inspire people to take a more active interest in sports and embrace a healthy lifestyle.
“As well as being a great sporting event, which I’m sure will go from strength to strength, the race gives us another opportunity to show off our wonderful coastline, introduce new people to North Tyneside, and attract visitors to come again and enjoy the scenery at a more leisurely pace next time.”
The 13 mile road race starts in Whitley Bay and follows a specially selected route, passing through Tynemouth fish quay, North Shields, Segedunum, Hadrian’s way, following the river to St Peters Basin and finishes on the Quayside in Newcastle.

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