Junior running races confirmed alongside Newcastle Quayside 5k in spring

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Runners up to the age of 16 can take part in the junior races.

RunThrough, an athletics events organiser, has announced a race to take place on Newcastle's famous Quayside next month.

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday, April 24, the event will see a senior 5k race and a junior 3k effort for athletes to try and pick up fast times on the iconic corner of the North East.

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The Junior Quayside 3k race caters to athletes aged U13, U15, and U17 and is just over 1.86 miles in length.

Following this, the Quayside 5k is split into two heats, an 'A' race which invites seasoned runners to push their limits and aim for a sub-20-minute finish, while the Quayside 5k 'B' race is expected to provide an ideal setting for participants looking to enjoy a short, organised and timed run at just over three miles in length.

"We're committed to not only delivering an exceptional race experience but also to supporting junior grassroots athletics by eliminating financial barriers to entry," said Chris Parr, Race Director at RunThrough.

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He added: "Our aim is to develop top-level junior athletics competition and foster the next generation of running talent."

 RunThrough has reduced the cost of entry to £5, offering prize money and inviting all top North East Junior athletes to compete with a free Elite Junior Entry, provided they meet the specified criteria within the last 12 months. Entry is still open through the organiser's website.

The event boasts a total cash prize fund of £1000, with details on Elite Entry and Prize Structure available for participants seeking further information on the same website.

The scenic route winds along the River Tyne, passing iconic landmarks such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Tyne Bridge, before culminating in Baltic Square on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne.

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