(l-r) Alison Cockcroft, Butcher’s Marketing Manager; Tony Carlisle, Great North Dog Walk organiser; and the Mayor of South Shields, Councillor John Woods
A Crick-based company is backing the bid for the world’s biggest ever dog walk, urging animal lovers to sign up.
With just over a week to go, Butcher’s is calling on dog owners to register for this year’s Butcher’s Great North Dog Walk, which takes place on Sunday 19 June at Gypsies Green, South Shields.
In 2004, this hugely successful event attracted 5,017 dogs, representing 131 breeds, which was enough to make a new world record. Now, in the face of stiff competition from America, the challenge is on to keep the title in the UK.
Butcher’s Brand Manager Alison Cockcroft explained: "This is the third year that we have sponsored this event, and we are absolutely determined to set a new record.
The event, which gives Butcher’s the perfect platform to promote its commitment to fitness and natural quality ingredients, is also about having fun as well as supporting a number of great charity causes."
The Butcher’s Great North Dog Walk is 3.5 miles, along the scenic coastline. Last year, the event brought in thousands of pounds for charity, and money raised this year will go to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Pets as Therapy, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the RSPCA and the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.
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 17 minutes and 52 seconds.