A group of young people are about to embark on their very first 5k run after being fired up for their big event by an Olympic medallist.
Olympic marathon star Aly Dixon has been busy inspiring participants in East Durham Trust's 'Console to 5k' project, prepping them for their grand finale.
The aim of the project is to encourage young people to put down their electronic devices and take up physical activity. Since last summer, the project has seen more than 60 young people, between the ages of 14-20, embark on a programme of running to improve their fitness and well being.
The trust's Chief Executive , Malcolm Fallow, said, "In an age when many young people are spending longer than ever in front of mobile phones and computer screens, it's encouraging to see young people enjoying physical activity and the resulting impact it has had, not only on their health, but overall wellbeing and confidence."
The 'Console to 5k' project, funded by Wellesley Trust via Tyne and Wear Community Foundation, will culminate with the East Durham 5k run on Sunday 23rd Febrary, 10am at Noses Point, Seaham.
East Durham Trust
T: 0191 5693511
Charity No: 1117642
Company No: 05934124