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Marathon road closures

Road closures have been confirmed for Sunday 6 May in Sunderland for this years Run Sunderland Festival. Numerous roads will be affected by the event, including the Wearmouth Bridge, and both closures and diversion plans will be in place on the day.

The council has written to businesses and residents in the city with detailed information about the schedule of road closures. The first roads to close will be Stadium Way at the Black Cat House roundabout, and parts of Millennium Way, at 4.30am.

Roads will start to open again in stages; a few will open at 10.30am, but the majority will open at times during the afternoon. Full details can be found at: www.marathonofthenorth.co.uk

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Siberian marathon challenge

by Sarah Kelly
World's oldest and deepest lake in Siberia
Conditions Dave will face Credit: Dave Gullane

A soldier who served in Afghanistan is taking on a new challenge to raise money for a charity that helps his daughter.

Lance Corporal Dave Gullane, from Newcastle, is taking part in the first 379 mile marathon across a frozen Siberian lake to help raise money for the charity that helps his daughter.

The 28 year old is raising money for The Children's Foundation's Great North Children's Hospital Appeal.

Six year old Emily sufferers from a rare condition, her bladder and kidneys did not form properly, she has already had to have one of her kidneys removed as a result.

The condition is so rare that doctors only see one case every five years in the North East and Emily's condition is the worst they've witnessed.

Dave will face temperatures as low as -40 as he aims to raise £5,000.

Yukon runner tells of experience

Tim Williamson, a lab technician from Newcastle has completed the worlds toughest race - the Yukon Arctic Ultra in Canada.

The 300-mile challenge through sub zero temperatures can be completed by running, cycling or skiing.

Tim opted to run - dragging his sled and all his equipment behind him.

Frostbite and hypothermia were a constant threat and he endured the pain of a stress fracture in his leg during the race.

And he ended up finishing second.

We'll be speaking to Tim in our 6pm programme.

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