VIDEO: Freerunner Andrew Vasey’s Bourne-style stunts

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ADRENALINE junkie Andrew Vasey is pushing his body to the limit for his hobby.

The 18-year-old has been showing off his freerunning skills as one of the stars of a film about the Great North Run called Tracer.

Freerunner Andrew Vasey of Barmston, Washington.

Freerunner Andrew Vasey of Barmston, Washington.

The Washington teenager was photographed displaying his talent on the roof of The Sage, Gateshead, at the weekend, for the production.

Andrew, who is also undertaking a level three TV and film media course at Gateshead College, became involved in freerunning – or parkour – about five years ago.

Its original name comes from France and derives from the military training obstacle course method.

“I think I became a bit of an adrenaline junkie as a teenager,” said Andrew, who is a member of the Apeuro Freerunning team.

Freerunner Andrew Vasey of Barmston, Washington.

Freerunner Andrew Vasey of Barmston, Washington.

“I tried skateboarding and BMXing, but I think I’m better at this.

“I scared the living daylights out of my mother and my grandmother when I took it up, but they trust me enough to know that I won’t mess around and endanger myself.”

The activity involves the traceurs – as practitioners are known – moving through their environment by using their bodies and surroundings.

They run, jump and use gymnastics and acrobatics, usually in urban environments.

Freerunning has become popular since being used in films such as The Bourne Ultimatum and Casino Royale. Andrew was introduced to it by a friend.

“I had seen it before and thought it was amazing,” he said. “But I had no idea what to do when I first started.

“Now, I wouldn’t say I’m at a professional level, but I would say I know enough to teach it.

“I think it gets harder as you progress, because you have to push your body further.”

Andrew is stuggling to walk after performing for filming all weekend.

“My calves are shot,” he said. “I can barely walk up and down stairs, let alone run or jump.”

But freerunning, he says, is fantastic exercise.

“More people should get involved in it,” he said. “As a physical exercise, it’s incredible.

“It’s fairly big in the North East, but I wouldn’t say it’s getting massive. Maybe more people will get involved, seeing groups like ours do it.

“What I would like to do in the future is combine freerunning with my media studies and make films about it.”