FUN runners of all ages put their best foot forward at a coastal beauty spot in aid of Sport Relief.
Hundreds of people from across South Tyneside descended on the Leas in South Shields yesterday to take part in the weekend-long national charity event which, so far, has raised over £51m.
Yesterday saw people running or walking either a one-mile, three-mile or six-mile course to raise funds for needy children in the UK and around the world.
Siobhan McGurk, from Jarrow, who ran with four-year-old daughter Alyssa said: “It’s the second time we’ve taken part in the run. Alyssa was only two years old the first time she did it, but she loves it.
“It’s been really good and it’s been a great atmosphere, it’s just a great event and it’s great to get the children involved as well as the exercise and health benefits you’re also raising money for charity.”
Michael Carr took part in the event with his daughter Pamela Stanyon-Carr and grand-daughter Clara Stanyon-Carr, six.
He said: “We’ve all had fun. It’s just a shame there are not more events like it.”
Tracey Mayne, from Jarrow, was running with husband Chris Mayne and children Bradley, seven and Zak, five.
She said: “The boys loved it, it’s great to be able to take part in something which involves the children. It’s really nice to see all the families out.”
Sport Relief run organiser Doug Worley, sports and leisure programme officer at South Tyneside Council, said: “The event has gone really well and the response has been great.
“We had just over 200 people sign up by the Friday but we also signed a lot of people up on the day, including one family who were out walking and came over to inquire what was going on.
“This year there has been a lot more people taking part in the three mile and six mile run, and it’s really nice to see so many families taking part.”
This year’s Sport Relief appeal has broken all previous records, with a total so far of £51m.
Schools and businesses across the borough played their part on Friday to helping to boost the funds with a variety of sporting events to raise cash.
South Tyneside singers Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall also helped hit the massive total by recording the official Sport Relief single - Word Up - with their band Little Mix.
The girls also visited Liberia to see how the money raised is spent visiting its slums and a children’s hospital.