Pier to Pier 2020/2021/2022
SADLY WE ARE ABANDONING PLANS FOR THE PIER TO PIER 2021
The Sunderland Strollers Running Club Committee have reluctantly decided to abandon any plans for Pier to Pier 2021. At the current time the event would not be permitted to proceed, given that it requires at least 3/4 months of preparation even if, by Spring, events were permitted there would be insufficient time to make the necessary arrangements. We considered identifying a date for later in the year but considered that if events were happening by that time the calendar would become very congested. Since any chosen date also has to factor in tide times we felt it would be too difficult to identify a suitable date. In addition, the course does not lend itself to any kind of staggered start arrangements to aid social distancing particularly the narrow paths at certain points in the course.
All those who rolled forward their entry from 2020 to 2021 will be offered the same opportunity (for a provisional date of Sunday 15 May 2022). Anyone who does not wish to carry forward their entry will receive a full refund of their race entry fee.
For those who are missing their dose of Pier to Pier action, we’ve put together a little video which will hopefully tide (see what I did there) you over until 2022, go here to view the video.
THE PIER TO PIER RACE 2020 WILL BE HELD ON 17 MAY 2020
Proud Sponsors of the Sunderland Strollers Pier to Pier Race 2020
We’re pleased to announce for 2020 the race is once again sponsored by PGS Law who are a leading full service law firm in South Shields, providing expert legal advice to private and business clients. We’re looking forward to seeing plenty of their team joining us on the day. We welcome the involvement of local businesses in supporting our event, if you would like to get involved please contact the Race Director.
You can enter online here.
This is one of the most scenic runs in the north east along the coastline from South Shields to Sunderland following the coastal paths.
The Run starts besides the Pier at South Shields (A bus sevice is available from finish to the start before the race, please choose this with your entry if you require it). After roughly a mile along the sandy beach the race moves to The Leas, here you can choose any route apart from the road or footpath down to Souter lighthouse.
Anyone using the road or footpath WILL be disqualified.
At Souter Lighthouse there is a water station and then the race moves to the coastal path down to Sunderland, eventually moving back to the beach for the finish.
The race is approx 7 miles (11k) and starts at 10am.
In accordance with UK Athletics rules the use of headphones (with the exception of bone-conducting devices) is NOT PERMITTED
You can enter the race here
Last year we received a large number of questions in relation to the race so we have created a FAQ which hopefully will answer any questions you may have
- Do I have to be a member of a running club to enter?
No anyone is able to enter whether they are affiliated to a running club or not.
- Can I enter on the day?
Any remaining entries on the day will be available from 8:15am in the car park by the amusement arcade in South Shields. They will cost £30. Note this race has been a sell out for the last 2 years. If we have any entries available this will be advertised on our website and Facebook Events page.
- Is there a set time I need to be able to run the course in to participate
The race has a cut off time of 2 hours, the distance is approximately 7 miles. Therefore providing you are faster than around 17 minute miles you’ll be absolutely fine and very welcome. Last years final finisher completed the course in 108 minutes (that’s an average pace of over 15 minute miles).
- Is there water on the course? Water is available at approximately half way (just past Souter Lighthouse) and will also be available when you leave the beach after the finish.
- How do I amend my race entry (change of club or swap my number to someone else)
Please email the Race Director at Pier2Pier@sunderlandstrollers.co.uk. If you wish to transfer your number please send your name, your replacements name / DOB / email / UKA number (if applicable), Club plus mobile phone number. Note transfers will be allowed until 2PM on 16 May provided full details have been received. Any competitor found running with a Race Number that is not assigned to their name will be disqualified, removed from the results and not permitted to enter the race in the future.
- Are there any any mementos for this run
There will be a goodie bag for all finishers, this will contain various items plus a Mars Bar & bag of crisps. We pride ourselves on providing unusual and innovative goodies and we aim to do the same this year.
- Hi can you run to raise money for a charity?
Yes your more than welcome to run in aid of your chosen charity
- Is there any return transport to south Shields after the race.
No sorry there is only transport from Sunderland to the start before the race
- Do we collect our race number on the day or is it posted to us?
Race numbers will be posted out before the race, for late entries they can be collected on the day, this will be communicated on the website and Facebook Event Page.
- What time will the Buses leave Roker
First bus will leave Roker at 8am, the last at 9:20am
- I entered the Pier2Pier but haven’t received an email confirmation
Every entrant should have receive an email, please check your junk or spam folder.
- Is it possible to defer an entry should I be unable to run
Sorry but the policy is no refunds or deferrals, numbers however can be transferred up until 2PM on 16 May.