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The Pier to Pier race is one of the more popular runs in the North of England with around 1000 entries each year. The run starts on the beach at South Shields Pier and follows a superb scenic route along the cliff paths past Marsden Rock and Souter Lighthouse. It rejoins the beach at Whitburn and finishes at Roker Pier in Sunderland.

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"2nd year of participating in this run - absolutely love it! Definitely signing..."
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How to enter the Pier to Pier Race

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Pier to Pier Race route

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 Whole race is approx 7 miles (11k) and starts at 10am.

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Transport is available from Roker (Sunderland) to South Shields (£2 pay on the day – first come first served).  There is NO transport after the race.

In accordance with UK Athletics Rules headphones are NOT permitted, wearers will be asked to remove them, failure to do so will result in disqualification.

There is a 2 hour cut off finish time and a water point at Souter Lighthouse, race distance is approximately 7 miles

Race number transfers will be available until 5pm on 19 May, please contact [email protected]

No refunds or deferrals in the event of either an entrant being unable to participate or the event is cancelled.

Sunderland Strollers are a sociable running club with over 350 members, some never run, some take their running very seriously.

We compete at distances from 5K to Ultra Marathons, membership is just £25/year which includes UK Athletics registration.

Pier to Pier Race weather forecast

Possible drizzle in the morning.

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IconLight breeze possible, up to 6mph



Pier to Pier Race reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the 7 Mile in 2019

    2nd year of participating in this run - absolutely love it! Definitely signing up again next year- amazing atmosphere!
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