More than 700 youngsters take part in a Bank Holiday fun run at Beamish – Chronicle Live

The youngsters were joined by top UK athletes as they ran the 1.5-mile track at Beamish Museum in County Durham.

Top UK athletes turned out at Beamish for a Bank Holiday fun run.

More than 700 youngsters aged between five and 11 years old took part in the 1.5-mile run, alongside elite sports people.

The race was organised by Great North Run Culture and partners INEOS GO Run for Fun and started from the top of a traditional Beamish tram.

The athletes – including Olympic medallist Eilish McColgan and 400m runner Jack Crosby – began the race and then handed medals out to youngsters once they crossed the finish line.

British volleyball player Pete Bakare, who competed for Great Britain at London 2012 and is now based in Newcastle, was also there.

He is a recent graduate of Northumbria University’s Leadership and Performance Coaching Advanced Diploma and spoke to the children about his career in athletics.

He said: “It was a great day to have it. I really enjoyed it, it reminded me of being younger and it was great to give them a high five at the finish line.

“It was great to see them experiencing that moment when you know you have accomplished something.

“When you’re younger everyone takes part in a sports day and any one of them could be a future Olympian.

“There was a lot of North East talent on display.”

More than 700 youngsters take part in a Bank Holiday fun run at Beamish ©: Colin Davison
More than 700 youngsters take part in a Bank Holiday fun run at Beamish ©: Colin Davison

The event was part of a huge programme of cultural activities by Great North Run Culture taking place across the summer centred around Great North Greats.

Great North Greats is an exhibition at Discovery Museum until October 18 2015, which celebrates the sporting, industrial and cultural heritage of the region as well as honouring modern day greats – such as Tracy Crammond the millionth finisher of the Great North Run in 2014.

The run was followed by a number of other activities at Beamish, including live sing-a-longs and a parade commemorating sports throughout the ages.

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