HUNDREDS of runners took part in a festival of running, organised to try and get people involved in being active and improve their health and well-being.

Workington Town Council organised the festival of running which took place on Sunday, August 6 and saw people of all ages take part in the special event at Borough Park, Workington.

The day involved races from the Workington AFC ground, this included a 1K fun run alongside a number of other races on the day.

A spokesperson for Workington Town Council said: "It was a great day. The atmosphere was amazing, the spectators helped cheer everyone on and all the runners were so supportive of each other. 

Times and Star: Barbie led a warm up on the day.Barbie led a warm up on the day. (Image: Tom Kay)

"It was so nice to see people out and about getting active. The main aim of the event is to help get people active and improve their health and well-being.

"Seeing all the children taking part in the 1K race and how proud they were of themselves makes it all worthwhile.

"A big thank you to our partners Cumberland Athletic Club, who always go above and beyond and our hosts, Workington AFC, thank you for being so accommodating.

"A final well done to all our runners, you all did so well."

The town council payed special thanks to New Balance for sponsoring their running numbers and to Cumberland Council for providing free car parking for the marshals and stewards.

Times and Star: Runners finish at the line to an applause from spectators.Runners finish at the line to an applause from spectators. (Image: Tom Kay)

Dan Wilson, deputy chairman of Cumberland AC said: “It was a brilliant celebration of running for all abilities and all ages.

“It was also a great example of three groups Cumberland AC, Workington Reds AFC and Workington Town Council coming together to deliver a top-class event.

“The Mayor and Deputy Mayor presented all the runners with medals and certificates as well as prizes.”

Times and Star: Many runners took part throughout the day.Many runners took part throughout the day. (Image: Tom Kay)

The Mayor of Workington choose the fancy dress winner who ran the 1K as Zog.

A spokesman from Workington Town Council said: "We didn't get chance to catch Zog before he flew off home, so if you know who this is, please ask them to get in touch with us to claim their prize."