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Full report: watch 700 youngsters run for fun in Hexham

Latest figures from Public Health England reveal that a third of ten and eleven year old children are overweight or obese.

And that's one of the reasons why a series of fun runs for youngsters is taking place all round the country.

Today (April 14) the 'Go Run for Fun' event was in Hexham.

There was no shortage of enthusiasm from the youngsters themselves. 700 of them had gathered on the Sele in Hexham to take part in the latest Go Run for Fun event.

If they needed warming up any more step forward the 60m hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson, drawing perhaps on his old Strictly Come Dancing skills from ten years ago.

50,000 youngsters have already enjoyed it and who knows this may be a stepping stone to a much more famous North East running event.

Watch Derek Proud's film below, including interviews with Colin Jackson and Brendan Foster, the founder of the Great North Run.

700 youngsters run for fun in Hexham

Youngsters at the start line in Hexham. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
And they're off! Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

More than 700 youngsters have been taking part in a 2k fun run in Hexham.

World record 60m hurdler Colin Jackson was there to encourage them in the Go Run for Fun event.

50,000 children have already taken part in various runs throughout the UK, with that number rising to 55,000 when the event is staged in Stockton.

During the next year the total should rise to more than 100,000.

The organisers say it will spur youngsters on to exercise more.

Here's Colin Jackson:



Letter from Stan Laurel goes on sale in Newcastle

Letter from Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.

The signed and dated note from Stan Laurel was sent to Margaret Miller in 1960, 70 years after the star went to school with her husband Arthur in Tynemouth when they were both young boys.

The letter, on letterhead paper from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California, is dated March 24th and thanks Mrs Miller for her belated Christmas card calendar.

Stan Laurel letterhead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

The letter was sent from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Charity says racist abuse still widespread

The charity Show Racism the Red Card says it's sadly not surprised at the racist abuse suffered by Sol Campbell.

It works in communities to address the issue among young people and says education is key to changing how people act.

One of the things it's important to recognise is that anybody is capable of exhibiting prejudice. It's something that is almost human nature to people and it's how we deal with that and what we do when we feel that prejudice.

– James Kingett, Show Racism the Red Card
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