Thousands of runners took part in the 2013 English National Cross Country Championships in Sunderland. The event was last hosted in the city in 2007.
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Sunderland lost 1-nil at home to Bournemouth and Hull's draw at Southampton meant the Black Cats drop into the Championship.
More public support is expected for the riders as they take on stage 2.
The Minstermen started the final day in the relegation zone, but could have escaped with a win.