Organizers are hoping that the return of a popular and traditional event will be sold out after previous years of success.

Applications are now open for those wishing to participate in the traditional Essity Prudhoe Miners race, which is returning on Sunday, September 18 after taking a break due to Covid.

The event is organised by Prudhoe Plodders Running Club, and is supported by Essity and Prudhoe Town Council.

During the day, there will be three races on the day including; a mini run for 4-10-year-olds, a junior run for 11-15-year-olds, and a five-mile UK Athletics-licensed road race for ages 16 and over. 

Lisa Napier, Vice Chair of the Prudhoe Plodders Running Club said: "The Prudhoe Miners race was once popular with members of the town's working men's clubs.

"It eventually died out after the second world war but it was revived in 2012 by Prudhoe Town Council to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and celebrate the town's coal mining heritage.

"Prudhoe Plodders Running club has been running this race since 2019 and after it was a huge success for everyone involved and created a great community atmosphere within the town. 

"Unfortunately, Covid put stop to 2020 and 2021 events so this is the first year since pre-Covid. Due to the success of 2019, we expect this year's race to be hugely popular. Entries have only been open since Sunday evening and we have already had an influx of people signing up. We are fully expecting the adults' race to sell out.

"We are hoping to create a carnival atmosphere in Eastwoods Park for those wishing to stay around after the races.

"There will be stalls from various local groups and there is also the Miners Lamp cafe situated within the park to enjoy a hot drink and food."

Prudhoe County Cllr, Gordon Stewart said: "This is another great way in which the town can be showcased throughout the region, helping to support local businesses, over the last two years running has become even more popular than previously.

"This will be a  fantastic, well-organised event enjoyed by so many."