The Sunderland Strollers Urban Ultra 2020 will, once again, use the Southern Route, scroll down the page for links to route book and maps.

The Sunderland Strollers Urban Ultra 2020 will be a 35 mile race (or 2-person relay) which will start and finish at St John’s Church, Ashbrooke Rd, Sunderland SR2 7HQ at 8AM on Saturday 7 November.  There are 5 checkpoints at roughly equal distances of 6 miles apart, where competitors can top up water bottles. Due to COVID-19 there will be no other refreshments provided, but runners can place bagged/named items prior to the start which will be transported out to each checkpoint. Competitors are provided with a full route book although may conduct recce runs in advance, they are also provided with printed maps with the route marked, note that these are NOT waterproof.

The route book is here, please note that Section One will be re-written to accommodate the on-going road works.

Further information here;

Checkpoint (Approx Postcode) Approx Distance Cut-Off Strava Link Map Description
1 – Golden Lion Pub (SR4 0NG) 6 miles 1 hr 50 mins Leg 1 Map 1 Start-CP1
2 – Middle Herrington (DH4 4LZ) 13 miles 4 hrs 20 mins Leg 2 Map 2
3 – Burdon Village (SR3 2PZ) 20 miles 6 hrs Leg 3 Map 3 CP3-CP4
4 – Hawthorn Village (SR7 8SQ) 25 miles 8 hrs Map 4
5 – Seaham Car Park (SR7 7AG) 30 miles 10 hrs Map 5
6 – Finish 35 miles Map 6

There will be trophies for 1/2/3 male and female competitors along with 1st Male, Female & Mixed teams in the relay.

Unfortunately, there are NO shower and changing facilities available at the finish, neither will we have any capability to store clothing/equipment. Runners must turn up ready to race. Relay runners will change over at CP 3, transport will be provided from Ashbrooke and will also recover all first leg runners back to Ashbrooke. We will also collect any runner who either withdraws or is timed out during the event.


Despite the route rarely being far from civilisation we INSIST that all competitors carry all of the following kit throughout the event:

Waterproof top / 500ml emergency drink / emergency food / torch / whistle / hat (or buff) & gloves / mobile phone, fully charged with HQ numbers loaded / map pack & route book

Further we recommend you carry:

Waterproof Trousers / Cash / Spare long sleeve base layer

All competitors will be issued with a route book and map pack at registration but these will not be waterproofed.


There were quite a few pictures taken, many went onto the Strollers Facebook page which, if you’re not a Club Member, you won’t be able to see. However, I’ve asked the various photographers to copy them to the Urban Ultra Facebook Page so that everyone can share and enjoy.

RESULTS OF THE 2017 URBAN ULTRA & RELAY ULTRA ARE HERE (last time we used the Southern Course).