This great event has returned to North Shields and is set to spark more activity

Scores of excited youngsters took to the streets for the reinstated North Shields Commemorative Fun Run

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 12:04 pm
Updated Monday, 25th November 2019, 3:40 pm
Starters' orders for the North Shields Comemmorative Fun Run
Starters' orders for the North Shields Comemmorative Fun Run

The successful first fun run in the town centre for seven decades could now spark a series of events, say organisers.

Young people aged seven and upwards took on a 1km or 2km course on Sunday, at the event brought back in to being by the North of Tyne Athletics Network

Chairman of NOTAN, Tommy Brannon, said: “It was a fantastic day and I am absolutely chuffed to bits with how it all came together.

“We had such positive feedback from the volunteers, parents and children, so we want to make it happen again!

“We want to get more people involved and get athletics back on the scene in North Shields.”

Bernard Johnson, 80, a member of North Shields Polytechnic Club, said: “In my 68 years being part of the club I’ve never seen anything like this in the town centre. It’s fantastic.”

All participants were given medals at YMCA North Tyneside, with the first three finishers in each category awarded prizes.

Michael Phillipson, 39, travelled from Durham to watch daughter Poppie, seven, finish as the first U9 girl and his other daughter Niamh, nine, in the U11s run.

He said: “I think this was a brilliant idea. We will definitely come back if it is on again!”

NOTAN organised the run supported by Sir James Knott Trust and North Shields Business Chamber.