A NEW ultra marathon event for the North-East has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Ultra North was due to the take place on Saturday, April 25, with a route taking competitors between Newcastle and Wylam.

With participants given the choice of running, jogging or walking, the event was set to explore some of the North-East’s industrial heritage, glorious trails and wonderful woodland.

Organisers, the Great Run Company, have confirmed that all entrants will be able to claim a refund.

In addition, the company is in the process of contacting everyone who is signed up for the event by email with further information.

Paul Foster, chief executive at the Great Run Company, said: “We understand this will be disappointing news to everyone who was planning on taking part, but the safety of participants and of all those associated with the staging of the event is always our number one priority.

“We want to thank all of our participants and partners for their continued support and understanding.”