On your marks, get set, go!

Rusty the Metrognome in training with Caedmon Primary School pupils from year 2

Forty eight Gateshead primary schools have registered to take part in a mass fun run on Friday May 26, the last day of school before the half-term break.

4,500 children between the ages of 5 and 11 will descend upon Saltwell Park to take part in the intu Metrocentre Great Gateshead Fun Run, organised by Gateshead School Sport Partnership.

The day will start with a mass warm up activity, led by intu Metrocentre’s popular mascots the Metrognomes, and the panto cast from Sleeping Beauty, playing later in the year at Gateshead International Stadium.

Participants will run in a number of waves of approximately 150-200, beginning with an elite 1 mile run featuring 150 competitors (aged 9-10).

Nursery and reception pupils (aged 3-5) will complete a slighter shorter course of 0.68 miles.

ITV Tyne Tees’ weather presenter Ross Hutchinson will start the race, alongside intu Metrocentre’s general manager, Gavin Prior.

The first three girls and boys in the competitive race will be awarded medals, along with a £20 intu Gift Card, and a family ticket to see Sleeping Beauty this December at the new indoor Stadium Theatre at Gateshead International Stadium.

Year 2 pupils Liam (6) Aliyah (7) and Rusty the Metrognome jog along

Caedmon Community Primary School in Gateshead is one of the forty eight schools taking part in the fun run, and Metrognome Rusty visited pupils from year 2 to see how their training is progressing.

Aliyah, 7, said:“We all screamed with excitement to meet a Metrognome, and we’re looking forward to meeting them all at the race. Running in the park is my favourite event because I get to run with different children and my friends from other schools and I get to race with the Metrognomes!”

Liam, 6, added:“I’m so happy that I’m going to see the Metrognomes for the first time! I love to run in the park because I get lots of exercise and to have fun with my friends.”