RUNNERS are being encouraged to sign up for two new trail-races.

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has teamed up with race organisers Muddy Roads to deliver two 5km events, suitable for both fun runners and those aiming for personal bests.

The Pine Forest 5km Trail Race takes place on Wednesday, May 22 from 7pm, at Flatts Lane Country Park and the Kirkleatham Woodland 5km Family Fun Run will challenge runners on Sunday, June 23 from 10am, at Kirkleatham Museum & Grounds.

Lesley Strickland, head of culture and tourism for the council, said: “We know from events like last year’s Eston Nab Challenge Race that there is a huge local interest in running and we’ve wanted to bring some new races to the borough for a while.

“Muddy Roads are fast making a real name for themselves as local expert race organisers and I’m sure the competitors will have a great time.”

Gary Grounds, from Muddy Roads, said: “These new races are great for runners of all abilities.

“They’re not too hilly so fun runners can enjoy them but also the experienced runners can really go flat out for personal bests.”

The Pine Forest 5k Trail Race is part of Muddy Roads’ Summer Series. Runners can pay £5, if affiliated to England Athletics, or £7 if unaffiliated on the day or pre-register here.

The Kirkleatham Woodland 5k Family Fun Run costs £7 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Enter here.