THE founder of Hexham Running Festival has issued a plea to Tynedale residents ahead of this year’s event.

At least 750 participants will line-up on Sunday morning when the festival, incorporating the Hexham Half Marathon, and the Hexham 10k, will take place.

Ahead of the event, which has grown in popularity since its launch in 2015, founder and organiser Greg Urwin has urged residents to play their part by turning out to cheer on the runners.

He said: “This event is all about Hexham. It’s bringing people into the town from far and wide, and it’s showcasing our town and the surrounding countryside.

“If you can, come along and get involved. We want to create a great atmosphere and everyone can play their part.”

The routes have been amended this year. Instead of starting at Hexham Abbey, runners will get on their marks at Corchester Lane, before making their way into the town centre, looping the Sele, and venturing along Beaumont Street, Hallstile Bank, and other prominent areas.

There will be temporary road closures in Hexham town centre from 8.15am until 9.30am. Entries are still open for the 10k, which will begin at 8.30am, the half marathon, which will start at 9am, and a 3k family fun race starting at 11.30am. To enter visit