GREAT North Dog Walk boss Tony Carlisle claims South Tyneside has secured another world record.
The 57-year–old has revealed that 24,542 dogs took part in Sunday’s 24th annual dog walking event – that’s 1,800 more than the 2011 Guinness World Record.
The former PE teacher, from South Shields, is now sending off all the official documentation, and he hopes to have the record officially updated within the next six to eight weeks.
He said: “I can’t believe it, I had goose bumps when I realised we’d done it. We’ve not just scraped by, it’s been beaten by an incredible 1,800 more dogs than in 2011 when the record then was at 22,742.
“So at the moment we hold the unofficial new world record. It’s fantastic.”
Thousands of pounds will also have been raised for charities as pet-lovers took part in the walk along the Leas, in South Shields, at the weekend.
The father-of-four says the news has been a wonderful tonic after having a troublesome year which saw him suffering a heart attack last November.
He also needs further cardiac surgery next month.
He said: “After the year it’s been, this is just what I needed. I want to thank everyone who made it possible.”