Winter Wonder Runs are a series of events in different locations in the North East. Rather than a standard marathon, these are 6 hour events where you can run as much or as little as you like within the 6 hour time limit. All of these events are lapped races and only full laps will be counted towards your distance. 
At each event you can expect to find a Race Headquarters which you pass each lap with toilets, hot and cold drinks, sweets and crisps. There will be marshals to count your laps but laps with be marked with signs, tape and chalk. All entrants will receive a medal for each event and there is a prize for anyone who completes the entire Winter Wonder Series.
Each event starts at 09:00 and finishes at 15:00 unless otherwise stated.All races cost £17 for NEMC members, £19 for affiliated runners and £21 for unaffiliated runners. Relay teams can enter for £35 a team.

herrington winter wonder CHARITY EVENT

16th December 2018

 Permit number 18/460

This will be our charity event for 2018 with money raised after processinggoing to Special Olympics Sunderland. See here for more information about the charity. 

The course: A 5km loop around Herrington Country park on good paths suitable for road shoes and wheelchair users. 8 and a bit laps for a marathon, 10 laps for 50K.

Location: The Cafe, Herrington Country Park, New Herrington, Houghton le Spring DH4 7EL. Read more about the park here.

Parking: Within the country park.

NEW YEAR'S EVE EVEtown Moor Winter Wonder

30th December 2018

 Permit number 18/462

The location: Race Headquarters and registration is at: The Boathouse, Exhibition Park, NE2 4PZ.

Car parking: Claremont Road Car Park, NE2 4AN. £1:30 an hour week days, £3 daily charge on a Sunday.

See here for more information about Exhibition Park.

HARDWICk Park Winter Wonder

20th January 2019 

Permit number 19/063

The course: A 1.5 mile loop of the park, all on footpaths. One small hill. See course map here.

The location: Headquarters will be outside the Cafe, Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 2DN

Grid Reference NZ 346 288 (Ordnance Survey map Explorer 305). Hardwick Park is on the A177 Durham to Stockton road on the west side of Sedgefield, two and a half miles from A1(M) Junction 60 (well sign-posted). 

Parking: On site £3 a day.

LEazes park winter wonder

3rd February 2019 Full

Permit Number ARC 19/011

The course: This is an event for those of you who don't mind laps as there will be 16 plus a lap of the park only to make marathon distance, with each lap at 1.6 miles each. The route is suitable for road shoes and wheelchair users. See course map here.

Location: The Clock Tower Cafe, Richardson Road Lodge, Leazes Park, Richardson Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LR. For more information about Leazes park, see here.

Parking: Claremont Road (see above)NUFC Stadium NE4 5AY, Eldon Garden NE1 7RT and Eldon Square  7RZ, all open 8am to 6pm at £3 per day.


17th March 2019 Enter here.

Permit number ARC 19/013

Thank you to Iain Singer (NEMC and AHRC) for creating the course and producing this FAQ document. 

The course: A 2.6 mile loop of Ashington Community Woods. Some of this is tarmac paths, some is trail. Trail shoes would be recommended in poor weather. 10 laps for a marathon, 12 laps for 50k. See course map here.

Location: Community Woods, Lintonville Terrace, Ashington.  NE63 9JX

Parking is a 7 min walk from the start at Reiverdale Road NE63 9YY. No parking at the course please!

To find out more about Ashington Woods see here


17th March 2019 Ashington Woods Winter Wonder here

3rd February 2019 Leazes Park Winter Wonder here

20th January 2019 Hardwick Park Winter Wonder here

30th December 2018 Town Moor Winter Wonder here

16th December 2018 Herrington Winter Wonder here

18th March 2018 Ashington Winter Wonder here 

11th February 2018 here

14th January 2018 here

31st December 2017 here

17 December 2017 here

18th March 2017 here.

5th February 2017 here.

15th January 2017 here.

31st December 2016 here.

17th January 2016 results here.

11th December 2016 here.

31st December 2015 results here.