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

Olympic marathon star Aly Dixon inspired the Young People participating in East Durham Trusts Console to 5k project, prepping them for their grand finale 5k event.

The event is supported by the Wellesley Trust Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The aim of the Console to 5k project is to encourage young people to put down their electronic devises and take up physical activity.

Since summer last year the project has seen over 60 young people between the age of 14 to 20 embark on a programme of running and improve their fitness and welling being.

Malcolm Fallow, Chief Executijve 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 will culminate with the East Durham 5k run on Sunday February 23, 10am at Noses Point, Seaham. The event is open to entries from the wider public by visiting http://bit.ly/console25k.