After more than one year out of action, one running-mad group is excited to once again lace up their trainers and head outdoors.

When the nation went into lockdown back in March 2020, all group activities were cancelled – including Carlisle's Junior Parkrun.

But despite concerns for parkrun's future throughout the country, as the organisation faces further delays for re-launching, youngsters of Carlisle can dance with joy, as after 15 months of sitting still, they can finally get back on their feet with the junior parkrun.

"It's really hard for people, because they've had to keep their kids inside through Covid, when a lot of them have wanted to get outside and run around with their friends," event director, Vanessa Strickland, said.

"It will be so nice for the kids and the volunteers to get active again after so long. Even before Covid, we had to cancel a few parkruns due to bad weather, so it's been a really long time since we could all get together."

Covid restrictions will be in-place for the run, including an age restriction of 10 years old, as opposed to the group's normal limit of 14, but the aim of the event remains the same – to have as much fun while exercising as possible.

Vanessa said: "Everybody who takes part or even volunteers always has such a great time, and it's so good for the kids' physical and mental health, which is really important after the year we've all had.

"It will be really good to be able to see everyone again, and see the kids enjoying themselves – I just hope that people still want to come after spending so long inside!"

The 2km run will take place every Sunday at 9am, allowing the city's youngsters to stretch their legs each week with a run, jog or walk around Bitts Park.

Although the event is free, all entrants must register for the event beforehand, and bring a copy of their barcode to the run.

To sign up and get involved, visit the Carlisle Junior Parkrun Facebook page, or head to the group's website.