the organisers of a new South Tyneside fun run say they were overwhelmed by the response it received.
Luke Adams launched his first South Shields Parkrun on Saturday, expecting about 100 people to take part.
However, the 25-year-old was shocked when more than 200 runners turned up for the 5km run.
Mr Adams had been planning the day for a number of weeks with the help of South Tyneside Council’s sports development team.
The 25-year-old, of Tarragon Way, South Shields, said: “It really couldn’t have gone any better.
“Myself and a number of volunteers have been planning this for a while now, and to see it all come together was just amazing.
“I couldn’t believe how good it was, and it was really good to see people of all ages taking part.
“The response from those who took part has been great, and we have already had a number of e-mails thanking the volunteers.”
The 5km route saw those taking part either walk, jog or run along the route from the Sand Dancer pub along the clifftops and back again.
Further runs will be held each Saturday at 9am.
Runners must register in advance. Visit www.parkrun.org.uk/southshields/ to take part.
If you’d like to volunteer to help at the run events, you can e-mail email@example.com