12th Feb 2020

A group of young people from across east Durham are about to embark on their very first 5k run and are being fired up for their big event by an Olympic medallist.

Olympic marathon star Aly Dixon inspired the young people who participated in East Durham Trusts' Console to 5k project, prepping them for their grand finale 5k event which is supported by the Wellesley Trust Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The aim of the Console to 5k project was to encourage young people to put down their electronic devices and take up physical activity. Since summer last year the project has seen over 60 young people between the age of 14 -20 embark on a programme of running and improving their fitness and welling being.

Malcolm Fallow, Chief Executive of East Durham Trust 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, supported by the Wellesley Trust Fund at the Community Foundation, will culminate with the East Durham 5k run on Sunday 23 February, 10am at Noses Point, Seaham.

The run event is open to entries from the wider public by visiting http://bit.ly/console25k

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