A new parkrun at the Countess of Chester Country Park is proving popular with more than 200 runners turning up at the first two events.

The weekly Saturday morning run is over 5km (3.1 miles) on land to the rear of the city hospital.

Free to enter, parkruns across the country are proving a fashionable way of promoting healthy living while having fun.

Aimed at all ages and abilities, people can just turn up on the day to walk, jog or run the course, with a start time of 9am.

But those who register will have their time recorded and displayed on the website and don’t forget to print out your individual barcode and take it along.

Alan Carter, of The Land Trust, with Chester Parkrun organisers Helen Dolby and Matt Dowsett, who both work at MBNA, at the Countess of Chester Country Park.

The event is organised by local runners Mat Dowsett and Helen Dolby, who both work at MBNA, along with 15 other volunteers.

It has been launched thanks to The Land Trust in partnership with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and a donation from the MBNA Foundation to cover set-up costs.

The course, which starts on the path between the large trees just north of the visitor car park and picnic benches, is run on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail paths. Some sections of the course may accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain.

Dependent on availability, marshals will be at key sections of the course, or signs will be in place. Runners and spectators are reminded that parkrun uses shared paths and to give way to other park users.

The inaugural Chester Parkrun at the Countess of Chester Country Park.

Runners pushing buggies are also welcome but are asked to take extreme care and be aware of other runners.

Children under 11-years-old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times

Participants must ensure they are fit enough to walk, jog, run 5k (3.1 miles). Health advice about running can be found at the Runners’ Medical Resource website. Everyone should warm up before the run.

Wherever possible people are asked to walk, jog, cycle or use public transport when attending the event or car-share if driving to reduce the impact on the environment.

Parking is available at three locations: the official country park parking area at the end of Countess Court and start of Valley Drive but this is limited to around 30 spaces; the hospital staff parking area on the right hand side of Countess Court and at The Little Owl Pub on Countess Way.

Every week there is a post parkrun coffee in the Little Owl Pub, which opens at 9.30am. For more details about Chester Parkrun and to register, visit the website.

The first parkrun held at the Countess of Chester Country Park took place in the rain