Great North Dog walk founder sets 25,000 target for 25th event

Great North Dog Walk 2012. Event organiser Tony Carlisle.
Great North Dog Walk 2012. Event organiser Tony Carlisle.

GREAT North Dog Walk boss Tony Carlisle is calling on animal lovers to boost his bid for more record-breaking success – in a milestone year for the charity extravaganza.

The annual event, which is held at The Leas, in South Shields, will toast its 25th anniversary on June 7.

Mr Carlisle is hoping to welcome more than 25,000 four-legged friends for the first time, to make it an extra special silver celebration.

Last year’s walk attracted a best-ever 24,542 canines – representing 185 breeds – and Mr Carlisle is hoping for an even bigger entry list this summer.

The dog walk has already smashed the Guinness World Record as the most attended event of its kind a staggering 16 times – but 17 would be extra sweet for the former Harton Technology College PE teacher.

More than 2,000 people have already signed up for the 2015 date, with the dog walk website up and running for those wanting to take part.

Mr Carlisle said: “We have received more than 2,000 entrants and I am expecting it to be a bumper year.

“I would like to break the 25,000 mark in 2015 for our 25th staging of the event, as well as adding to the incredible £6.2m that this event has raised for local charities over a 24-year period.”

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