A CLUTCH of television personalities and thousands of motor-bike enthusiasts descended on Oulton Park last weekend.

More than 12,000 people braved the elements to make this year's Great Northern Bike Run the most successful yet.

Bikers came from far and wide - including Germany and Ireland - to raise money to help children with life threatening illnesses.

Among the crowds at the circuit were Top Gear's Steve Berry, James Gaddas, who plays Doctor Nevin in Medics, and Alan Turner, of Emmerdale Farm.

The TV stars spent the day leading the bikers on 'ride-outs' - travelling over a hundred miles to collect sponsorship money.

There were also displays from motor-bike teams, stalls and the latest in motorbike technology on show.

The event had raised at least £20,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation, said event co-ordinator Heidi Chapman.

She said: "It was the most successful event yet and I was absolutely delighted with the turnout. It means numerous children will be able to have their wishes granted."

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