On your marks

RUNNERS and riders are gearing up for the annual Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race.

The New Year’s Day event covers a circuit of just under a mile in the centre of the village, setting off from the Blackbird Inn in North Road.

The record for completing the course is just under eight minutes.

The race begins at noon.

For more information visit www.pontelandonline.co.uk/html/wheelbarrow_race