North East Vegan Runners have swapped road racing and trails for quagmires and grassbanks after joining a top cross-country league.
Vegan Runners Newcastle pulled off a coup when branch contact Kerri Turner managed to gain the club entry into the North East Harriers League.
The cross-country tournament began on Saturday, and fixtures will take place throughout the autumn and winter months.
The series of six-mile cross-country events take place at notable venues around the North East, including the famous Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.
A total of 18 Vegan Runners are signed up to the league, split between men’s and women’s teams.
The first fixture took place at Wrekenton in rural Gateshead, which organisers claim is the easiest venue of the series – and some tough, muddy races await the runners as the winter weather arrives.
The next fixture takes place on Sunday at Druridge Bay in Northumberland.
The teams are currently sitting in the middle ranks of the league, but are hoping to climb higher as the season continues.
The team members in full:
Abigail Elizabeth Suter
By Ross Robertson