First 5k park run all set to take place

Matlock Athletics Club are to host the first of a series of monthly 5k runs at Darley Dale’s Whitworth Park on Saturday.

The events are based on the national 5k Park Run initiatives, which also take place in areas including Sheffield, Buxton and Derby and which involve runs through the scenic grounds of parks on Saturday mornings nationwide.

With the full support of the Whitworth Institute board of trustees who have given their consent, Matlock AC aim to run a monthly Saturday morning run for the benefit of the local community and its members.

The club are aiming is to use the second Saturday in every month with races beginning at 9am.

The races are open to runners of all standards, with a voluntary £1 donation being distributed to local charities.

The Whitworth Park races will be based around a four-lap course, all on tarmac, with short downhill and uphill sections.

Runs will be timed and published on the Matlock AC website.

For more details, see www.matlockac.org.uk.