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Enjoy wonderful views on coastal charity walk.

HUNDREDS are expected to take in some of the region's top sights and raise money for a lifesaving charity as part of a popular fundraiser.

Residents and visitors are invited to Stride out to the Lighthouse as North Tyneside's popular 10k scenic walk returns for 2019.

Organised by North Tyneside Council, the free event, which is on Saturday, August 31, sets off from Parks Sports Centre in North Shields at 10.30am, before winding along the seafront and ending at St Mary's Lighthouse.

The picturesque route takes in the Fish Quay, Tynemouth Priory and a stretch of coastline, as well as the recently-renovated Dome on The Links, and takes around two hours to complete - but people are welcome to walk as much or as little of the route as they like.

This year's event is in aid of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (TVLB) with donations welcome on the day.

Speaking about the event, which had over 500 registrations when it was revived last year, North Tyneside's Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said: "I was delighted to be able to bring this fantastic event back to North Tyneside last year, and to see so many people of all ages taking part.

"I was pleased that our residents enjoyed it so much and it was no surprise that people asked if we could make this an annual event.

"The walk is an opportunity to exercise, enjoy the scenery of our awardwinning coastline, and also help to raise money for a very worthy cause.

"This year we decided to support the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade because they risk their lives every day on our behalf, they are never off-duty, and they need all the financial support they can get.

"We would love to see as many people as possible taking part and helping to make this year's Stride out to the Lighthouse an even bigger success than last year and it would be great if people could register in advance."

Peter Lilley, TVLB, said: "As the local coastal search and rescue team we spend a lot of time along our coastline - whether that be training, on safety patrols, or attending callouts - of which we receive around 120 a year.

"We are blessed to live and volunteer in an area that offers a great variety of coastal landscapes, and while there are dangers associated with the sea and rocks, we always encourage people to enjoy the area responsibly.

"Our Rescue Team and free-to-visit museum receive no government funding and we need to raise a minimum of PS30,000 each year to remain operational. We are very grateful to the Elected Mayor for choosing to support the Brigade with this event, and look forward to joining everyone for the walk."

The route is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs, and transport is provided from St Mary's Lighthouse back to The Parks.

The walk was arranged to help encourage residents to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. More information on other similar activities in the borough can be found at www.activenorthtyneside.org.uk

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The view that will meet walkers as they arrive at Tynemouth Longsands. The downside is that there are still a few miles to go from here...

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jun 11, 2019
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