HUNDREDS of people and pooches laced up to complete the Durham Poppy Run to raise funds for the Royal British Legion on Saturday.

The Royal British Legion's Poppy Run returned to Aykley Heads Recreation Ground, in Durham, on Saturday, attracting people of all ages and abilities.

Lewis Peacock, event manager for The Royal British Legion, said: "There were about 250 people taking part. It was very muddy, but sunny at the same time.

"All the kids enjoyed running around in the mud. It was a very good turn-out considering the rugby was on as well.

"A massive thank you to everybody who took part. It's the second year we have been here and the people here are by the far the friendliest bunch I have seen - really motivated and welcoming."

Everyone who completed the course got an official finisher’s medal and Royal British Legion t-shirt, while special commemorative medallions were also awarded to all runners who raise more than £100.

Mr Peacock added: “The events are always great fun to be involved in but, most importantly, by taking part and fundraising participants are helping to provide vital services and support for service personnel, veterans, and their families, who are struggling through hardships, injuries and bereavements."