Entries for the Simplyhealth Great North 10k are now open. Enter at Greatrun.org/North10k

After a stunning victory at Wembley last month, South Shields FC will make a return to the sporting stage, at the North East’s biggest 10k running event.

The Mariners will be honorary starters at the Simplyhealth Great North 10K, bringing with them the FA Vase, the first national trophy in their club’s history, which they won after defeating Cleethorpes Town 4-0.

Members of the team will set over 5,000 people on their way on Sunday 9th July, along a scenic course that finishes inside Gateshead International Stadium.

Lee Picton, South Shields FC's joint manager, said: "It's a huge honour that we've been asked to be the honorary starters at this year's event.

"This has been an incredible year for the club, on and off the pitch, and of course last season was topped off with our win at Wembley in the FA Vase final.

"That was one of four trophies we won last season and we have received some humbling recognition since then, with this being one of those moments.

"We can't wait to be a part of it and set the runners on their way."

Kerry Simpson from The Great Run Company, said: “The whole of the North East got behind South Shields when they made the trip to Wembley last month, and we can’t wait for them to bring their team spirit, and the Vase, to the Simplyhealth Great North 10k.

“This is the perfect opportunity to see the team and give them a congratulatory high five as you run over the start line!”

The 10k course takes in the NewcastleGateshead Quayside, including Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

It also passes under the Tyne Bridge, an iconic feature of its sister event, the Simplyhealth Great North Run.

Participants cross the finish line on the track in Gateshead International Stadium, with their family and friends cheering from the stands.

This year will also see the return of the Simplyhealth Great North 10k Toddler Dash and the Simplyhealth Great North 10k Family Mile, taking place after the main event.

These inclusive events, for children up to the age of 15, will also start and finish inside Gateshead International Stadium.

Entries for the Simplyhealth Great North 10k are now open. Enter at Greatrun.org/North10k