AN attempt to break the world record for the most two person pantomime animal costumes to run at a racecourse has been staged in the North-East.

The comical sight was staged at Newcastle Racecourse today (Monday) and featured pantomime horses, cows, reindeers, camels and other four legged creatures.

The Great North Gallop, organised by veteran St Oswald’s Hospice fundraiser Paul Donaghy, from Durham, is part of the Blaydon Races Family Fun Day.

Mr Donaghy has supported St Oswald’s for the past 25 years since his mother was looked after there.

He enlisted 128 good sports aged between seven and 77 from across the region to don the 64 animal costumes and race half a furlong (100m) along the Gosforth Park track in a bid to set the new world record and raise over £2,500. The current world record stands at 53 animals and 106 participants.

Mr Donaghy said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support for the Great North Gallop from people volunteering to take part raising valuable funds for St Oswald’s.

“It was a sight to behold for the many visitors when a host of pantomime horses, cows, reindeers, camels and lots more come hurtling down the Gosforth Park track.”

Newcastle Racecourse supported the Great North Gallop by staging the event during the Blaydon Races Family Fun Day and staff acted as witnesses to the World Record attempt, which will need to be verified by Guinness.

As well as the pantomime animal race, there were seven races with live horses as well entertainment including a funfair, face painting, and children’s characters walking about.

David Williamson, executive director at Newcastle Racecourse, said: “It’s always a fun day for all of the family and this race with a difference only added to the fun carnival atmosphere.”