ONE of the district’s annual running events will return to its usual slot in the calendar on Sunday.

The Run Northumberland Half Marathon was affected by the Beast from the East last year, and was delayed by four weeks.

More than 600 participants will run the picturesque course, which will start and finish in the grounds of Kirkley Hall near Ponteland.

While 400 of them will take on the half marathon, 200 people have signed up for the event’s longer 20-mile race, which will include an extra lap of the second section of the course, at Whalton.

Run Northumberland’s Richard Hunter said: “This is the second year we’ve included the 20-miler. It is perfect preparation for runners planning to do the London Marathon in April.

“We attract a good standard of both marathon and half marathon runners, with entries from North-East running clubs, and different parts of England and Scotland. It’s a challenging course on country roads through Ogle, Whalton, and back to Kirkley Hall.”

The 20-mile race will get under way at 9am, and the half marathon at 9.30am. For more information visit