WATCH: Hundreds turn out to support veterans at People's Run to Remember in Silksworth

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Seasoned runners, amateur athletes and active children gave it their best 5k in support of the armed forces.

More than 300 people signed up to take part in today's run at Silksworth Sports Complex, organised by Claire Douglas.

Warming up at the run.

Warming up at the run.

Claire, who lives in Silksworth, held the race, which supports a number of charities including the RAF Benevolent Fund, for the first time last year in honour of her niece Jade Outhwaite, who serves in the army.

Speaking to the Echo, Claire said: "The whole idea is to get the community to come along - it's great to have so many kids here."

One of the runners was Colin Burgin-Plews, 47, who was attracting attention in a specially-made costume dress. The South Shields man spent six years in the RAF as a chef when he was younger and has previously run the Great North Run, London Marathon and Manchester 10K in a similar pink costume for Breast Cancer Now.

"It is close to my heart. I've still got my mates in the RAF after 20 years - I was just a young kid when I went in."

Claire Douglas, the organiser.

Claire Douglas, the organiser.

Also running was Sharon Reilly, who was taking part in memory of her son's friend Daniel Wild, who died in Afghanistan when he was 18.

She was running with friend Jackie Randell as part of a 14-strong group named the Wingate Striders.

Other organisations supported by the Silksworth Run include ABF The Soldier's Charity, Scotty's Little Soldiers and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity.

First to cross the finish line in less than 20 minutes was Graeme Wharton, 43, who is from Ryhope. He was closely followed by Michael Potter, 39, from Chester-le-Street.

Jackie Randell and Sharon Reilly.

Jackie Randell and Sharon Reilly.

Jade, who is 28, added: "It's a great event and there should be more of them. There's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes and that's all down to Claire."

Colin Burgin-Plews

Colin Burgin-Plews

Colin Burgin-Plews and some fellow runners.

Colin Burgin-Plews and some fellow runners.