Sunshine Run 5K

Sunshine Run 5K is Back to the Quayside

North East charity, The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, brings their much-loved Sunshine Run 5K back to the Quayside this Summer

On Wednesday 19 June, from 6 pm, The Sunshine Fund will welcome runners to Newcastle Quayside for their annual Sunshine Run 5K, to raise much-needed funds to support local children living with disabilities, additional needs and terminal illness.

The event brings local communities together; from loyal supporters of the charity to a wide range of North East businesses, from families who have been supported by the family and want to give something back, to club runners who want to smash their personal bests.

The route is flat and fast which attracts runners of all abilities, starting at Pitcher & Piano, all the way down the Quayside to Newcastle Business Park and back to cross the finish line.

Runners receive their own Team Sunshine t-shirt, a medal, chip timing and a photo finish against the city’s iconic backdrop of the Tyne Bridge.

As a small charity that receives zero government funding, and in a time where demand is growing rapidly, events like this are so important to ensure that children in the region continue to receive the support they deserve and desperately need.

The Sunshine Run does not require additional fundraising, though it welcomes and encourages it, and generates all profits through registration fees. This makes it a popular event attracting an average of 250+ runners each year. many of whom return due to the success of the event.

Sunshine Run 5K – What To Expect

The Sunshine Run is more than just a 5K race. They bring crowds to the
Quayside who boost local businesses, and provide fantastic entertainment to
create a real atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. For example…

99th Garrison

Fans of Star Wars have the opportunity to grab a photo with the much-loved
local cosplay group from 99th Garrison who collect donations on the night.

NE Gospel Choir

For the first time a local choir group, NE Gospel Choir will be performing a medley of sunshine-themed songs.

North Tyneside Steel Band

Runners are cheered on by the sound of a local steel band who have supported our event year on year.

Stephen Miller MBE

The race is started by friend-of-the- charity, paralympian Stephen Miller MBE.


Runners are welcome to take part in a warm up before the run, which will be led by long-term supporter of our charity who races the GNR for us.


Asha will host the event, who runs a community dance group for children with disabilities, which we have supported with equipment. Danceversity also performed at our recent charity ball.

How can People Support the Event?

  • Sign up to race in The Sunshine Run here.
  • Spread the word and display their poster. Follow them on social media (@sunshinefund) and engage with and share their posts
  • Share photos from the event to spread the word
  • Donate and help us continue to support for disabled children in our region.
  • You can donte online or by texting SUNSHINE 5 to 70085 to make a one-off £5 donation. Change the number from 2 – 20 to adjust how much you donate.