People across Stockton Borough are being encouraged get fit this winter through a series of picturesque outdoor runs.
Stockton Council is working in partnership with running specialists, Start Fitness and Active 8, to host the Winter Trails across the Borough.
Trail race The fun and friendly runs will take place in the Borough’s finest countryside sites and beautiful surrounds over the coming months.
The races are suitable for all abilities from complete beginners to experienced athletes. Each race is 5k and will take place at the following dates and locations:
- 2 November – Wynyard Woodland Park railway carriage (behind the car park)
- 23 November – Gavin Duffy’s Memorial Race, Cowpen Bewley visitor centre
- 14 December - Preston Park Winter Gardens Christmas run
- 1 February – Preston Park Winter Gardens
- 1 March – Ropner Park café, Stockton
- 29 March – Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park
- Entry costs just £5 or £3 for sports club members.
Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Culture and Leisure, said: “Stockton’s beautiful parks and the surrounding area make the ideal location for keeping fit outdoors. If you are looking for a challenge or would just like to try something new, these runs are perfect for people of all ages and abilities with lots of support for total beginners. The first run takes place this Sunday – why not have a go.”
Young runners who are new to the running scene will also have the opportunity to participate in the Youth Trail Races.
The 2k races are open to youngsters aged between 8 and 14 and cost just £1 per race. They will take place on the same dates and locations as the adult races.
All participants should register from 9am on the morning of the race. The youth race starts at 9.45am – all junior runners must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at registration and at the start and finish of the race. The adult race will then start at 10.15am.
For further information contact Vicky Fawcett on (01642) 524816 or email [email protected]