IT’S four down, more than 23,000 to go as the Great North Dog Walk leads off another record-breaking bid.
It was a family affair as dog lovers Alan and Lisa Hedley made their quartet of pets the first entries in the 2014 extravaganza at The Leas, in South Shields.
Thirteen-week-old pug puppy Milo was No1, with fellow dogs Molly, Susie and Tilly completing the fantastic four.
Due to a mix-up in registering dogs entered on the day, this year’s walk failed to officially beat the record of 23,301 canines – despite more than 25,000 of man’s best friends taking part.
But with the running total now under way, dog walk boss Tony Carlisle has his sights set on another shot at the record books
Tony said: “I am really excited about the walk.
““This year was a memorial to my dog Travis, who died shortly before the event, but next year will be looking ahead to the future and trying to create a new world record.
“The response has already been immense. I’ve had e-mails from people all over the country wanting to take part.
“We have raised £4.72m for charities over the years and we will have more benificiaries next year.
“I am proud that I was the founder of the very first dog walk. It will be my legacy.”
Coun Ernest Gibson, Mayor of South Tyneside, said: “The Great North Dog Walk has grown into one of Europe’s elite pet events that brings visitors and animal lovers to the borough from all over the world.
“It not only increases South Tyneside’s profile to more people, but also raises a great deal of money for good causes.”
To register a dog, people can visit www.greatnorthdogwalk.co.uk.