Marathon of the North Route Guide
The marathon and half marathon routes both begin at the Stadium of Light. After crossing Monkwearmouth Bridge the course heads through the city centre and along Ryhope Road before turning back along Toward Road. The rejuvenated Sunniside area is a popular spot for spectators as they can cheer runners on their way to and from the old docks and port area. The return to Sunniside down Norfolk Street completes the first 5 miles.
Gentle downhill takes the runners onto Ryhope Road and the turnaround point near Grangetown. The course then heads back along Ryhope Road to Backhouse Park and in to the tree lined Ashbrooke area.
Thornholme Road takes the course down towards the locally renowned Barnes Pub. After resisting the alternative refreshments on offer a right turn heads through the impressive main gates of Barnes Park and a chance to enjoy a mile or so meandering through one of the cities most popular and attractive venues, passing the 10 mile point at the far end of the park. This is actually the highest point on the course although it looks deceptively flat; it’s been a gradual rise which can be enjoyed on the way back. Returning along Thornholme Road and Belvedere Road, the Civic Centre and Mowbray Park signal a revisit to the city centre and back across the river.
Heading along Dame Dorothy Street with the River Wear now in full view the course visits the University section which include the campus, National Glass Centre and the 7th Century Parish church of St Peter’s.
15 miles are completed back on Dame Dorothy Street as the sea front beckons and stunning views along the coast and beaches of Seaburn. After turning around just before the city boundary the course heads back along the sea front before rising up along Sea Road towards the Fulwell Windmill, before returning to 20 miles and heading into the final sector.
Roker Park and Fulwell Road evoke long held memories of the old football ground but no time for sentiment as the closing stages approach. After exiting Roker Park itself, the course returns along the sea front and Dame Dorothy Street to bring the runners back to the welcome sight of the imposing Stadium of Light and the finish line.