Sunderland Harriers stage their 28th Penshaw Hill Race tonight with both Scott Ellis and Alice Smith defending their titles.
The popular North East Vending sponsored race sees North Shields athlete Ellis and Sunderland Harrier Smith heading the entries.
Ellis will be going for his third win having also won in 2014, while Smith is looking for her second title.
Both athletes also made it a winning double as they took the prime award as the first athletes to reach the famous monument on the opening lap.
Ellis said after winning last year: “I was surprised I was on my own so soon into the race. I love this event and it’s great to come here again and win.”
Sunderland Harriers have dominated the race over the years, having lost the title only six times.
Brian Rushworth, now forced into retirement through a knee injury, is the undisputed King of Penshaw Hill, having won the race 18 times with his last win coming in 2012...