A GROUP of friends wants to start a parkrun in Spennymoor.

Parkruns are free, weekly, timed 5km events organised by volunteers.

They take place every Saturday morning at 9am in thousands of locations around the world and the group wants to bring one to Spennymoor.

All welcome whether you run, jog or walk the 5km.

They are now appeal to people who are keen to help improve the physical and mental health of people in the community to consider becoming a volunteer.

They say people do not need to be a runner or walker and say experience is not required as helpers will be taught all they need to know.

A meeting with the event directors will be held at The Grand Electric Hall Wetherspoons pub on Thursday, November 15, at 7pm, to tell people what being part of the core team for Spennymoor parkrun would entail, to meet those involved and to find out more about the plans.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend the meeting and people are encouraged to spread the word, by sharing 'Potential Spennymoor Parkrun' on Facebook.