Records set in Boxing Day fun run

Records were broken at an annual festive run – with organisers running out of supplies as a result.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 3:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 4:07 pm
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell with James Young, Ross Floyd and Andrew Lawrence.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell with James Young, Ross Floyd and Andrew Lawrence.

More than 1,500 people took part in the Boxing Day Woodlawn Xmas Pudding Fun Run, breaking records in the process.

Organisers North Shields Polytechnic Athletic Club and Friends of Woodlawn School had more than 1,500 run numbers supplied by Start Fitness but they ran out so some people ran with sticky labels with a number written on.

John Brettell, of North Shields Poly Athletics Club, said: “Our best estimate is that 1,541 people took part in the Run; 16 per cent more than last year’s 1,318 runners.”

Tynemouth MP Sir Alan Campbell with Danielle Hodgkinson, Chloe Wellings and Catriona MacDonald.

Brenda Boyd, of Friends of Woodlawn, said: “Over the years the number of people taking part has increased gradually. This year despite chilly wind, threat of rain and overcast conditions we had a new record.”

All finishers received a Christmas pudding and a certificate, with any leftover puddings being kept for next year or donated to a food bank.

Tynemouth MP Sir Alan Campbell, who has started every run since 1997, said: “It’s an honour to be asked to start this race. It’s for excellent causes and is a real community effort. I want to say well done to the organisers and everyone who took part.”

The first three men home were James Young, Ross Floyd and Andrew Lawrence, all from Morpeth Harriers.

The first ladies home were Danielle Hodgkinson, of Wallsend Harriers, Chloe Wellings, of Gateshead Harriers, and Catriona MacDonald, of Morpeth Harriers.