Pupils involved in 14 mile relay to celebrate Olympics – Slideshow

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STUDENTS in Whitley Bay got their running shoes on ahead of the Olympic Torch visiting the borough this week.

Nearly 200 pupils from 16 schools took part in the Whitley Bay Schools Olympic Torch relay on Wednesday.

Whitley Bay school's Friendship Run which followed a 14 mile route around Whitley Bay and handing over pennants between 16 different schools.  The final group from Valley Gardens Middle School reaches the Churchill athletics track where they were joined by all the runners for the final lap.

Whitley Bay school's Friendship Run which followed a 14 mile route around Whitley Bay and handing over pennants between 16 different schools. The final group from Valley Gardens Middle School reaches the Churchill athletics track where they were joined by all the runners for the final lap.

A total of 12 runners from each school ran a leg of the ‘relay’ from school to school, passing on pennants of friendship which had been designed by each school with the Olympic ethos in mind.

They covered a total distance of nearly 14 miles, starting at Whitley Bay High School and finishing with a final lap around the track at Churchill Playing Fields alongside John Fletcher, one of the torchbearers on Friday.

To see a slideshow of photographs of the event, click on the player above...

Five to nine-year-olds at Marine Park First School, Whitley Bay, in their Olympic Friendship Run t-shirts, donated by P&G (Procter & Gamble), pictured at the back with, left to right, their teachers Carol Lynch, Luan Barnes, David Peat, head Stephen Eastern and Sally Williams.

Five to nine-year-olds at Marine Park First School, Whitley Bay, in their Olympic Friendship Run t-shirts, donated by P&G (Procter & Gamble), pictured at the back with, left to right, their teachers Carol Lynch, Luan Barnes, David Peat, head Stephen Eastern and Sally Williams.