Alterations made to revamped regional marathon event

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A change of route and date has been announced for the revived Morpeth To Newcastle road race.

The iconic Northumberland and North Tyneside coastline and Newcastle’s Quayside all feature prominently on the new-look course.

This follows months of positive talks with three North East councils and community groups across the region and the team behind the event agreed to switch the proposed mid-summer date to Sunday, October 30.

The marathon and cycle marathon will start in Morpeth and the revised route will follow the River Tyne west from Tynemouth. The finish area is now the Newcastle Quayside.

The need for change was accepted after an open dialogue with those communities affected by the revamped race was encouraged.

Event organiser Phil Gray said: “We are delighted that the new route for the Morpeth To Newcastle has now been agreed.

“Everyone has been working very hard for a long time to make this happen.

“During the last few weeks, it has become clear that the initial route would cause disproportionate disruption to members of the public.

“Changing the route meant we needed to consider moving the date as a number of major events already take place in July.

“We would like to offer our sincere apologies to those entrants who may be inconvenienced by the change in date and we will do everything we can to find a positive solution for them.

“But many people had expressed a concern about competing during the height of summer and we took that on board from day one.”

For more information about the changes and to keep up-to-date with detailed plans surrounding the new-look event in the coming weeks, visit the morpeth2newcastle.co.uk website.

A joint statement from Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council and Newcastle City Council said: “We will continue to work with the organisers to help the planning for this event to make sure it has a positive impact for the region, while ensuring the race takes place safely and with minimum disruption to residents and businesses.”