Gallery Jewellers Cup Race
The Gallery Jewellers Cup Race was started in 2012 by Paul West, John Woodward and Paul Bainbridge who got Sunderland Strollers & South Shields Harriers & AC together to stage their first Interclub race at Silksworth Sports Complex in Sunderland where Sunderland Strollers were the winners of the first Gallery Jewellers Cup Race.
This is now the 6th year and it is South Shields Harriers & AC's turn to host the race once again from Gypsies Greenn in South Shields.
It is a handicapped race by age and it is sponsored by Gallery Jewellers in Washington Tyne & Wear.
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South Shields Route
The start of the race is beside the gate at the end of the promenade which then goes up the path in the middle of the Quarry, turn left at the top and follow the path towards the cliffs then left again and down the steep bank which leads past the start and along the prom past Gypsies Green and behind the fairground till you get to the pier.
Run left around the back of the boathouse then turn right and run along the pier towards the sea and right again down onto the beach path ( Donkey Path ) which leads eventually back onto the promenade next to the Sundial pub.
Continue along the prom again till you get back to the start. You now run back up through the middle of the Quarry path again but at the crossroads this time run straight ahead and across the Leas until just after the bus stop on the coast road footpath.
Turn right onto the footpath and run past the Bamburgh Pub and down the bank into Gypsies Stadium where you run clockwise around the track to the Finish. Total distance is approx 4.26miles just short of 7k.
A map of the route can be found here:
Start / Finish: By the parkrun 'tree' adjacent to the path leading from Silksworth Lane.
From the START, complete one clockwise circuit of the football pitches to the north of the startline. Passing behind the startline follow the Sunderland parkrun course, turning RIGHT at the skate park and descending the hill to the bridge below Sainsbury's. Turn LEFT and head up the long straight path to the LEFT turn at the top. Complete almost a complete ANTI CLOCKWISE circuit of the Swan Lake. By the railings at the northern end, turn RIGHT and head up the hill. Turn LEFT and pass between the trees, alongside the edge of the carpark and down to the LEFT to the running track.
Run one lap (anticlockwise) around the track before retracing entire route back to the FINISH.
Total distance is approx 4.5miles just over 7k.