Thousands turn out to take part in 32nd Children's Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse

Thousands of youngsters pulled on their running shoes to help child cancer sufferers

Thousands of youngsters pulled on their running shoes to help child cancer sufferers.

The rain stayed at bay for the 32nd Children’s Cancer Run at Newcastle Racecourse.

Kick starting the day was a parade from the Easy Rider motor cycle club, consisting of 35 Harley Davison and Racing bikes, before young and old took to the staring line to begin the 5-mile run.

The youngest entrants were up next with the one-mile run, which was started by Kieran Maxwell and his Olympic torch. Kieran is an inspirational young man who lost his leg through bone cancer.

Elliott Kelso, seven, from Ponteland, was one of the runners taking part with his friends and siblings.

The Darras Hall Primary School pupil said: “I’ve not done it before but I wanted to do it because I wanted to get fit.

“It’s for a good cause and I think I’ll be good because I’m the fastest runner in my class.”

Ben Redhead, seven, from Ponteland, added: “I’m doing the one-mile run. I think it’ll be fun and I’m one of the fastest.”

Chris Willoughby, from Cramlington, was doing it with his son Alex, six.

He said: “There’s clearly a number of reasons events like this are a good thing. Number one is raising awareness and, of course, money for charity.

“Cancer touches on so many lives and it’s quite uplifting to see so many people here, particularly young people.”

Alex added: “I like running so I think this will be fun.”

The main run started at 9.30am and entrants were led down the starting track by an 1800cc Harley Davison motor Trike.

Organisers then put people into groups and staggered the starts.


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