Record turn-out expected for milestone Great North Dog Walk in South Shields

This Sunday's Great North Dog Walk is on course to be the biggest yet for organiser Tony Carlisle, left.
This Sunday's Great North Dog Walk is on course to be the biggest yet for organiser Tony Carlisle, left.

The Great North Dog Walk is on course to be a record-breaker – even before the first paw crosses the start line on Sunday.

The number of registrations for the charity extravaganza – which is marking its milestone 25th anniversary – has already exceeded the best-ever haul of pets who took part in the walk last year.

The aim is to get over 25,000 dogs taking part, which would be amazing.

Tony Carlisle

With sunny weather forecast for the walk at The Leas, South Shields, delighted dog walk boss Tony Carlisle is hoping to ‘annihilate’ the world record of 24,542 canine pals who entered in 2014.

Mr Carlisle said: “Keith and Linda Coulthard and their Staffordshire bull terrier, Vegas, have been allocated the number 24,543, which would beat the record set last year.

“Registrations are still coming in and if we get a nice day on Sunday, we will annihilate the record.

“It is exhausting preparing for the walk, but I want to try to sit back and savour this year’s walk.

“It is a celebration of 25 years of my life.

“All the hard work from the year culminates in this one day.

“The aim is to get over 25,000 dogs taking part, which would be amazing.”

The hugely popular event will be launched by the South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse, with registrations taking place from 9am, with a media start being staged at 10.30am.

Coun Porthouse said: “The Great North Dog Walk is a key highlight in the social calendar and has really helped put South Tyneside on the map.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to bring their dogs along and help make this yet another record-breaking year.”

The event was founded in 1990 by former Harton Technology College teacher Tony Carlisle and has raised £5.2million for good causes.

A host of animal charities and other organisations such as St Clare’s Hospice and Northumbria Blood Bikes will benefit this year.

For more information, visit www.greatnorthdogwalk.co.uk