A RECORD number of runners are set to take on this year’s Essity Prudhoe Miners’ Race, which will take place on Sunday.

Entries are already closed for the popular five-mile race, as the number of participants has reached the limit of 325.

And the 1.5-mile mini race, for children aged between four and 10, is also full, with 100 entrants signed up.

Spaces are filling up quickly for the 3k junior race (age 11-15), with excitement building ahead of a new-look event this year.

The Prudhoe Plodders running group are organising the 2019 race, and have introduced a new route which will take in historic sites, including Prudhoe Castle.

It will also avoid a steep hill included in previous years, making the race more suitable for runners of all abilities.

The five-mile race will get under way at 9am, the junior race at 10.15am, and the mini run will begin at 10.45am.

The circular route will start and finish at Eastwoods Park, on the B6395 Eastwoods Road, which will be closed to traffic from 9am to 11am.

There will be a rolling road closure for the duration of the five-mile race, which will leave Eastwoods Park and head for Princess Way via Broomhouse Road. Runners will venture along the bypass and then turn left back on to the B6395 at Beaumont Terrace and continue along Front Street, travelling past the Falcon pub and Prudhoe Golf Club, en route to Eastwoods Park.

Historically, the Prudhoe Miners’ race was started by members of the town’s working men’s clubs, but died out after the second world war. It was revived in 2012, and is backed by Prudhoe Town Council and Essity. Eastwoods Park will become a hive of activity with games, entertainment, and a tombola, to create a lively carnival feel.

For more information, visit the Essity Prudhoe Miners Race page on Facebook, or https://resultsbase.net/event/5044