The race is on for the first 5k series

PEOPLE pulled on their running shoes to take part in the county’s first 5k series set up to create an Olympic legacy.

Northamptonshire Sport and Northants Athletics Network held the first of its three races in its first 5k 2012 Celebration Series on Sunday.

The first race took place in Glendon and club members and recreational runners alike are being encouraged to sign up for the remaining two county challenges.

Bill Boyd, sports development officer for Northamptonshire Sport, said 68 people took part in the first race and he hopes it will grow when it becomes an annual event on the sporting calendar.

Mr Boyd said: “The course was very well received by all the runners. We probably didn’t get as many as we would have liked but it is something we can build on for next year’s series.

“We did get quite a few entries on the day. It was a great start to the series and the feedback was very positive from everybody who finished.

“It is the first time Northamptonshire has held a 5k series. There are so many people in gyms on treadmills and it gives them an opportunity to get out on a nice trail – if you can run for 20 minutes on a treadmill I am sure you can run 5k on a nice course.

“It gives people options and an incentive to get out and try and get their times down.

“We had one woman on Sunday who wasn’t sure if she would be able to do it.

“We set off and one of the official team, who was going to be the back marker for the run, encouraged her all of the way around and she came through and finished it and was absolutely delighted. She said at the end she was glad she had done it.”

The next race in the series will be held at Northampton’s Racecourse on April 15 and will be followed by a race at Corby’s Boating Lake on April 29.

Prizes are awarded to the top finishers.

Mr Boyd added: “The main thing is for people to take part. People can walk or jog around if they wish.

“With the Race for Life coming up soon people can use the series to test their fitness and hopefully it will spur them on.”

The cost is £10 on the day for non-athletic club members. Prices are cheaper in advance on the website.

Each race is open to anyone aged 14 and over.

For more information about the races or to sign up visit www.northantsnet2012series.org.uk.