8th November 2020

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The Tommy 10K Memorial Run takes place along the coastline in Seaham. The race starts by the Tommy War Memorial and finishes on the Seafront. Under current Covid Guidelines the event will have a waved start with groups of 6 runners starting every few minutes.

Tommy is a statue of a First World War soldier by artist Ray Lonsdale, displayed close to Seaham war memorial, on Terrace Green by the seafront in Seaham, County Durham.

The COR-TEN® steel statue weighs 1.2 tonnes (1.2 long tons; 1.3 short tons) and is 9 feet 5 inches (2.87 m) tall, with a rusty red patina. It depicts a First World War soldier, wearing boots, puttees, great coat and tin hat, sitting on an ammunition box, with downcast eyes, holding the barrel of his grounded rifle in his right hand. It is officially named 1101 (or Eleven-O-One), referring to the first minute of peace as the armistice came into force at 11am on 11 November 1918, but is more popularly known as Tommy, referring to the archetypal private soldier, Tommy Atkins. After your run stay and pay your respects at the Seaham war memorial next to the statue of Tommy.

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