AN OCTOGENARIAN and his daughter got a rousing round of applause after they crossed the finish line of the Great North 10k.

Eighty-four-year-old Brian Hird and his daughter Susie took part in the Simply Health Great North 10k on Sunday to raise money for Medical Detection Dogs.

Ms Hird, who is from Haswell, in east Durham, started running last year and decided to take part in the event to support her dad, who is passionate about the charity's work.

The pair, who are both dog lovers, have raised about £250 for the charity, which provides life-saving medical alert assistance dogs,which are trained to sniff diseases like cancer, Parkinson's, malaria and type 1 diabetes.

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Ms Hird, who completed the race in 1 hour and 24 minutes, joined her dad to cross the finish line for a second time, when they got a big round of applause from volunteers and people watching the event.

She said: "It's something my dad has been passionate about for years so we like to raise money for them."

Mr Hird, who travelled from Milton Keynes to take part in the event, became interested in Medical Detection Dogs after his daughter went to a WI talk about them.

He said: "Well my other daughter returned from this talk full of enthusiasm and I knew then that Medical Detection Dogs was something special.”

Nicola Wilson Austin, from the charity's fundraising team in the North-East, said “We are so lucky to have amazing supporters like Brian and Susie, we simply cannot thank them enough.

"I was inspired just speaking to Brian and seeing him cross the finish line with Susie was wonderful, everyone was on their feet cheering, it was a real community spirit moment.

"Medical Detection Dogs really is something special and has the potential to completely change the future of disease detection but it couldn’t do any of its ground-breaking work without a dedicated team of supporters and volunteers, like Brian and Susie.”

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Thousands of people took part in the event in Gateshead.