Houghton lads leg-it for the lasses

Bradley Pearson (16) and Macaully Ainslie (13) completed the Junior Great North Run to raise money for the new girls boxing club at Houghton Boxing Club.

Bradley Pearson (16) and Macaully Ainslie (13) completed the Junior Great North Run to raise money for the new girls boxing club at Houghton Boxing Club.

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TWO young boxing wannabes swapped their gloves for running shoes to help launch a new club.

Bradley Pearson, 16, and Macauly Ainslie, 13, are more used to sparring in the ring than running through the streets.

But the pair agreed to take part in this year’s Junior Great North Run to raise funds to help the newly launched female classes at Houghton Boxing Club.

The youngsters, who are club members, raised £300 to buy much-needed equipment, including breast plates and gloves.

Bradley, of Houghton, finished in the top 15, completing the race in an impressive 15mins 31secs.

Macauly, who travels almost 15 miles from Gateshead to attend the club, finished the 4km run in 21mins 11secs.

Macauly, who also did the run last year, said: “It was a really good day. We decided to give the money to the girls’ club because they needed some boxing equipment and ropes.

“I’m definitely going to do it again next year.”

Kenny Allan, who runs the club, added: “They’ve both done well and it’s nice to see them donate the money to the girls.

“Bradley is a really good runner and I think he should take it up professionally.”

The female club was launched in August after Naomi Husband and Victoria Wilkinson, both 18, completed special training to become coaches.

Since then, the club has proved popular, with women signing up to keep fit while learning the sport.

The sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday, from 7pm to 8pm at the Newbottle Road club. Each class costs £1.50.