Young runners mark 100th Whitley Bay parkrun

Runners in the 100th Whitley Bay parkrun.
Runners in the 100th Whitley Bay parkrun.

More than 100 youngsters turned out today for the 100th Whitley Bay junior parkrun.

The sun came out for the 112 young runners aged between four and 14 who took part.

Over the finish line at the 100th Whitley Bay parkrun.

Over the finish line at the 100th Whitley Bay parkrun.

Runners were invited to dress up for the occasion with spot prizes for the best costumes.

Max Cummings, seven, is a regular runner at the event. He said: “I think junior parkrun is a great way of getting young people into running. The marshals are always really friendly and give you a big cheer and a high five to keep you going."

Whitley Bay junior parkrun is a 2km run held at 9am every Sunday, starting on the prom next to the Rendez Vous café.

Runners need to register on the parkrun website and print off their personalised barcode before taking part.

After the run they can get a free ice-cream at Venetian Ices on presentation of their barcode.

In total, more than 1,300 young people have taken part in the Whitley Bay event, which started in 2014 and is run entirely by volunteers.