Thousands step out for annual fun run

Participants take part in the 32nd Children's Cancer Run.
Participants take part in the 32nd Children's Cancer Run.

More than ten thousand fun runners from across the region pounded through Newcastle Racecourse raising money for charity.

Runners of all ages took on a muddy five-mile cross-country run around Gosforth Park for the 32nd Children’s Cancer Run.

The run raises money for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR) fund, which aims to fund research into causes and treatments of the disease.

All finishers received a medal, drink, t-shirt and Greggs’ picnic while there was a variety of entertainment throughout the day.

Run chairman Chris Peacock said: “Every year we invite the whole of the north east and beyond to join the run but what some people don’t realise is that the event is excellent fun even if you’re not running.

“There’s so much going on with activities, entertainment and plenty of food and drink – it’s really a great family day out and we’re so pleased that so many people came along to support the runners and have a great time.”

Professor Vormoor, Sir James Spence chair of child health at the RVI, said: “Every year the run helps raise an astonishing amount of money which invaluably helps children fighting cancer across the world.

“Young people in our alone region are diagnosed with cancer every week, and it is up to us to find a way to reduce this figure through vital research.

“There have been amazing achievements in the scientific community, with survival rates of children diagnosed with cancer rising significantly from 20 to 30 per cent to 75 per cent when compared to 30 years ago; but we can do more through research.”