• Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson attended the school to support the running initiative.

    Paralympic legend supports Daily Mile at North East school

    October 27, 2016 at 11:12 am

    “The children aren’t fit” were the words put to Elaine Wyllie, the head teacher of St Ninians primary school, four years ago. Her response was to send a class of year six pupils to run around a field for 15 minutes a day, whatever the weather, and that’s how The […]

  • Great Britain's Aly Dixon celebrates as she crosses the line during the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. Picture credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

    Commonwealth experience can help at Rio Olympics says Dixon

    May 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    As Sunderland’s newest Olympian, Alyson Dixon, re-starts training in preparation for Rio, the marathon runner says that qualification for this summer’s Olympics has already changed her life. Dixon was the fastest British women at the London Marathon just over two weeks ago – qualifying her to represent Team GB at […]

  • Jonathan Taylor crosses the finish line to win the Sunderland 10K race

    Thousands brave cold and wet conditions to run Sunderland 10K

    May 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Thousands took to the Wearside streets for the Sunderland 10k on Sunday morning despite the cold and wet conditions. Jonathan Taylor, from the Morpeth Harriers won the 10K run, while Elswick Harriers’ Justina Heslop won the women’s event. The Run Sunderland Festival also saw Tadele Mulugeta of Elswick Harriers win […]

  • Liam Roarty back to full health and ready for BUCS Outdoors

    Liam Roarty back to full health and ready for BUCS Outdoors

    April 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Liam Roarty is back to full health and is aiming to do the University of Sunderland proud with his return to the 1500 meters at the BUCS Outdoor Championships this weekend. Roarty first became involved in the 1500 meters in 2013 and has since taken part in a number of different […]

  • Amy Etherington, wearing white and green, crosses the line in third place

    Etherington taking the positives from BUCS debut

    February 21, 2016 at 8:30 am

    University of Sunderland athlete Amy Etherington is taking the positives from her performance at the BUCS Nationals. Etherington finished third in her 400m heat and was unable to progress through to today’s semi-finals. Commenting on her performance, Etherington said: “I wasn’t last, so it wasn’t that bad. “I thought my time might […]

  • Joey Williams in the long jump heats at BUCS Nationals

    BUCS Nationals Day Two: Athletics Round-Up

    February 20, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    It was a difficult day for Sunderland’s athletes in the BUCS Nationals, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Joey Williams, Amy Etherington and Jake Jansen were both unable to qualify for tomorrow’s finals in their respective events. In the men’s long jump, Williams put in a gallant effort as he […]

  • Alumni Achiever Jonathan Riall attends the Sunderland University Winter Graduation ceremony at the Stadium of Light. Picture credit: David Wood

    Team GB’s Paratriathlon coach awarded Alumni Achiever of the Year

    December 1, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Former University of Sunderland student, Jonathon Riall, has been awarded Alumni Achiever of the Year at the recent University Winter Graduation Ceremony. Now head coach of Team GB’s Paratriathlon team, who will be making their debut next summer at the Paralympic Games in Rio, Riall graduated less than a decade […]

  • Dixon is once again the favourite to win the Sunderland 10K this weekend

    Dixon on injuries, Rio Olympics and Fabio Borini

    November 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Video by Ryan Gray, Clinton Forde, Stephanie Finnegan and Michael Ramsay.  Team GB marathon runner Aly Dixon speaks to SportsByte about the injury that ended her Commonwealth Games and her hopes of competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016. The Sunderland runner also speaks about how a trip to Flamingo Land […]

  • Team GB runner Dixon demands stricter sanctions for doping

    Team GB runner Dixon demands stricter sanctions for doping

    November 11, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Team GB marathon runner Aly Dixon has backed calls for Russia to be banned from next year’s Olympic Games following their implication in the World Anti-Doping Agency commission report. The Sunderland native has claimed that harsher punishments need to be imposed if widespread cheating is to be eradicated from the […]

  • Sunderland’s Shorten reflects on BUCS Outdoors

    Sunderland’s Shorten reflects on BUCS Outdoors

    May 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    University of Sunderland athlete Damian Shorten admitted he didn’t do as well as he would have liked at the BUCS Outdoor Championships, despite reaching the high jump final.  Shorten equaled his personal best of 1.95m at the Indoor Championships earlier this year, but only managed to clear 1.85m in the […]