While the physical Sunderland City Runs event has been postponed until 26-27th September, we didn’t want all of your hard work, training and fundraising to go to waste. We have therefore launched the Virtual Sunderland City Runs event to allow you to put your training to the test on the original event dates!

The virtual event is a solo, virtual run, at a location of your choosing. We hope this will give you the opportunity to continue fundraising for your chosen charity, we are also committing to donating half of your virtual event entry fee, after tax, to our 2020 charity partner St Benedict’s Hospice, who like all charities at present times will be incredibly grateful for any support.

All three distances are available to enter, and you can choose to add an event specific medal to your registration. The event is open to everyone whether you were already training for Sunderland City Runs, or have would like to set yourself a training goal to help keep you motivated.

Event Duration

Registration for the event opens on Friday 24th April and will close on Friday 8th May at 10pm. You can submit your time from Saturday 9th May until midnight Monday 11th May.

Race distances of 5K, 10K and Half Marathon

Please make sure to enter all distances you wish to take part in if you would like to complete more than one distance.

We’ll have top three and spot prizes up for grabs, so why not get involved and join us for the Virtual Sunderland City Runs.

WIN £50 of Amazon Vouchers

Sunderland Live will pick a winner from all of your medal selfies! Take a selfie in our event app and head over to their facebook page to enter.

Don’t forget to share your pictures with us on social too, just tag Events of the North and use the hashtag below to feature on our pages


Prizes for our top three and most creative runners!

Courtesy of PHOME

We’ve teamed up with PHOME to offer some fantastic prizes for our first virtual event. Our fastest runners, after results have been verified, will recieve one of these handsome frames to display on their wall. We also have a SPOT PRIZE available for the most creative route submitted

How can I take part? The process is simple:

Step 1:
Choose your distance based on the amount of training you have completed.
Step 2:
Register for your chosen distance through the event website, here. Choose whether to add a medal during registration. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to take part. In this email there will be instructions on how to find your individual BIB number which you will need for your result submission.
Step 3:
Download the MyLaps Sporthive app for free on your mobile or login from your computer at https://live.sporthive.com/event/9166
Step 4:
The event will open for results submission on Saturday 9th May and close at midnight on Monday 11th May. During the event period, complete your chosen distance (you can make more than one attempt if you wish!). Make sure to record the time and distance of your performance on a tracking app such as Strava or Garmin.
Step 5:
Submit your result via the event app. Click on ‘Submit Result’ and complete the required form with your details including BIB number, finish time, and upload an image that proves your performance (photo of your watch screen, screenshot of your mobile app, photo of your treadmill etc.)
Step 6:
Your result will be validated within 24hrs, where possible (there may be some delay with high volumes of submissions). Once validated your result will appear in the Results section of the app and on the event website.
Final results will be published by Thursday 14th May, with prizes winners confirmed by email shortly after.

Take a Selfie

Make sure you use the selfie function within the app to encourage others to take part, and use the medal frames to share your finisher photos with us!

#justkeeprunning #virtualsunderlandcityruns

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Follow us on Social

Make sure you follow us on social media so you can share your Virtual event photos and see who else is taking part


Event Rules

You must be registered to take part: Before you can participate in the virtual event you must register via the event website. If you are not registered and you submit a result, your result will not be validated.

Participate in the distance you have registered for: You will register for your chosen distance, you should only submit a result for this distance. Your result submission may deviate up to 50 meters from the distance you are registered for.

A result that does not match the distance you are registered for will not be ratified. If you wish to change your distance before submitting your result please email us on info@eventsofthenorth.com.

Please take part with Government guidelines in mind: We trust you as a participant to abide by government guidelines when taking part.

Click here to read the latest government issued guidelines https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Donation to St Benedict’s Hospice: We are committed to supporting our charity partner for the 2020 event through these difficult times when valuable fundraising events are not able to take place. We are therefore pleased to announce that we will be donating half of your entry fee, after tax, to St Benedict’s Hospice.