Pictured left to right: Butcher's press officer Lisa Ridgway,
the mayor, Councillor Bill Lynch JP and organiser Tony Carlisle.
The countdown for Butcher’s Great North Dog Walk has begun, with the official launch at South Shields Town Hall to appeal for potential record-breakers to sign up.
The annual event will take place on Sunday 18 June and it looks set to break the world record for the largest dog walk, which it set last year. The record currently stands at 6,339 dogs representing 141 breeds.
Leading dog food brand Butcher’s, main sponsors of the event for the second year running, are confident that their support will help reach the target of 7,000 dogs. Chairman Graham Baker explained: ‘This is a great day out for all the family and is all about having fun, keeping fit and raising lots money for worthy causes. It’s free to enter, and even more charities are benefiting this year so it’s more important than ever that every dog owner signs up and takes part.
‘This event gives Butcher’s the perfect platform to promote our commitment to fitness and natural quality ingredients, and, with increased support, the dog walk will be even bigger and better this year.’
The 3.5 mile Butcher’s Great North Dog Walk is being staged at Gypsies Green, South Shields. The money raised this year will go to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Pets as Therapy, Hearing dogs for Deaf People, Dogs Trust, PDSA, Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, RSPCA and the first human charity to benefit, Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Competitors will also be able to take part in the Butcher’s Cup, which goes to the dog that completes the fastest lap. The time to beat is 16 minutes and 48 seconds.