Five special routes aimed at encouraging novice athletes into running have been opened in Northwich Woodlands.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Mid-Cheshire Regeneration Team have worked in partnership with Run England to develop the marked routes that cover distances of 5km, 4km, 3km, 2km and 1km.

The project is part of an initiative to use our natural environment to stay fit and healthy.

Volunteers from the Friends of Anderton and Marbury Country Park (FOAM) installed the posts and markers, which clearly mark the routes and are easy to follow.

Some routes also have Push England markers which guide people with pushchairs or wheelchair-users around the park.

Parking and other facilities are available on some of the routes which start from either Marbury Country Park or Leicester Street Car Park.

The 'perfect' place for running

Cllr Brian Clarke, cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, said: “This project would not have happened if it wasn’t for the FOAM volunteers helping to install the route markers, their hard work has been fantastic.

“Marbury Country Park is an asset to Northwich and a perfect place to go running.

“We want as many people to use it as possible, so dust your trainers off and go and explore this beautiful park.”

All details of the routes and more can be found by clicking here.