Newcastle-based law firm Muckle LLP teamed up with world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Jonathan Edwards and race organisers last month to officially launch the new date for one of the oldest road races in England.
The Morpeth to Newcastle Marathon, which was successfully re-established last year by Newcastle-based Total Racing International, will be held on Sunday October 29, 2017 with runners covering just over 26 miles of stunning Northumberland and North Tyneside coastlines before finishing on the Newcastle Quayside.
Entry for the race is now open, with organisers predicting an even bigger turnout for this year’s event, which will also include a half marathon from Whitley Bay, a 26-mile cycle and a mini-mile fun run along Newcastle’s Quayside for children aged between three and 17.
Phil Gray, managing director of Total Racing International, says: “We are delighted to announce the new date and that entry is now open to members of the public for this year’s events.
“We had some amazing feedback from last year’s participants and third parties and we have been working with Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle Councils to ensure the race can again take place this year.
“The day will offer a chance for everyone to celebrate this iconic race – not just for athletes and seasoned runners, but families and children as well. We are also encouraging entrants to raise funds for local charities.”
On launching this year’s race day, Jonathan Edwards, Olympic Champion at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and a keen cyclist, said: “I am delighted to officially launch this year’s race. The Morpeth to Newcastle Marathon is still held in high regard by the running population of the UK and it speaks volumes that more than 2000 people took part in last year’s event.
“The race used to regularly attract Olympians, world record holders and running legends, so I am hoping to see some very good club runners, athletes and keen fitness enthusiasts take part in the marathon and half marathon events.
“It’s also great to see a 26-mile cycle sportive included in the event, which takes in some amazing Northumberland scenery.”
Muckle LLP sponsored the 2016 race and is the first sponsor to come on board for this year’s event.
Partner Stephen McNicol comments: “We are delighted to add our support to this historic race and celebrations. The race is steeped in tradition and historically recognised throughout the UK.
“It speaks volumes for the North East that we continue to celebrate our heritage and values by staging such worthwhile events.”
The 26.2 mile road race starts in Morpeth and follows a specially selected route passing through Cramlington, Blyth, Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and North Shields, finishing on the Quayside in Newcastle.