A marquee set up to house a field hospital was blown into a quarry by high winds last week.

South Tyneside Foundation Trust was due to provide 40 patient beds for Sunday’s Bupa Great North Run but the marquee set to house the beds was hurled into a quarry by strong winds days before the event took place.

The facility was due to provide two intensive care, 18 high dependency and 20 other beds for the race.

The Great North Run’s organisers confirmed that it had not been blown into the North Sea as first thought but blown instead into a quarry near the North Sea.

A replacement was ordered. No-one was hurt.

A spokesman said the tent had been erected with four pegs per leg and cross-wires from each leg to the roof and to guidelines established by MUTA, the trade association for temporary structures including marquees and bouncy castles.