Crowds turned out in force to support a record breaking number of runners at this year's Run Sunderland Festival.

The sun shone down on the thousands of runners taking part in the Siglion Sunderland City 10K and half marathon this morning.

Spectators, joined by Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Lynda Scanlan, lined the streets at Keel Square to cheer them on.

Thousands Of Runners Take On City's 10k & Half Marathon.

This year's 10K winner was Oliver James with an impressive time of 31 minutes and 32 seconds.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Wendy Chapman with a time of 39 minutes and 24 seconds.

Organiser Chris Lines said: "We've had a record number of around 4,500 people enter across all three events which is fantastic.

"Keel Square is brilliant, it's a great place to build a crowd and cheer on all the runners.

"This is our ninth year and it just keeps growing bigger and better. Over the years we've had fantastic support from Sunderland City Council and our sponsor Siglion.

"We can showcase Sunderland's landmarks and really promote the city and show that Sunderland is a great place for businesses and visitors.

"This event is the biggest yet and with the new 5K event too there really is something for everyone."

Official charity partner St. Benedict’s Hospice had more than 100 fundraising runners taking part, including Big Pink Dress Colin Burgin-Plews.

Sunderland AFC's executive director Charlie Methven joined runners in the 10K to raise funds for the Foundation of Light....

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