Hundreds run off festive excess

Alan Campbell MP with runners Callum Johnson, Daniel Johnson and Ross Floyd.

Alan Campbell MP with runners Callum Johnson, Daniel Johnson and Ross Floyd.

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Hundreds of people worked off any Christmas overindulgence by taking part in a charity run.

A total of 744 people braved the wet weather to take part in the annual Christmas pudding run along The Links at Whitley Bay on Boxing Day.

It was the 30th anniversary of the run, organised by Woodlawn School, and helped to raise more than £3,500 for the school.

The run was started by Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell and each finisher received a certificate and Christmas pudding.

First male runner home was Daniel Johnson, of Gateshead Harriers, in a time of 15mins 27secs. He was followed by his brother Callum, also of Gateshead, and Ross Flloyd, of Morpeth Harriers.

The first female runner was Danielle Hodgkison of Birchfield Harriers in 17mins 5secs. The last runners in were three year old Lily Steel and her auntie Sarah who completed the three and a quarter miles in some forty minutes.

All the registration and marshalling was provided by volunteers from North Tyneside Polytechnic Running Club.

Poly Runners co-ordinator John Brettel said: “The run was successful only because of a great all round team effort. There were a hundred fewer runners than last year but, considering the weather, it was an incredible turnout.”

Mr Campbell said: “I am always delighted to be asked to start the annual Christmas Pudding Fun Run and to be able to support Woodlawn School. It is a great community event, an opportunity to run off the excesses of the day before and all in a good cause.”