Bupa is offering hundreds of first time runners free race places for the Bupa Great Run 5k series of events. The free race places are being offered to get more people physically active at the Bupa Great North 5K on Saturday 14 September and the Bupa Great South 5K on Saturday 26 October.
The race places are being targeted specifically at first time runners of all abilities who have never previously taken part in a Bupa Great Run series event, to help prompt them to get and stay active.
Regular runners are also being encouraged to sign-up friends and family members who have previously spoken about their desire to start running to inspire them to get started.
Paula Franklin, Bupa medical director said: "Running can have a very positive effect on both your physical and emotional health. We really want to encourage as many people as possible to try running, as lots of people experience great joy and reward from it.
"A 5k event can be a great place to start and has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There is no pressure to run and those who prefer can walk some or the entire race. Either way we believe that taking part will give you a general feeling of wellbeing. We hope that by providing free places for first time runners we will encourage more people to be active going forwards."
Individuals can apply for a free race place by visiting www.bupa.co.uk/myfirstrun and submitting their personal details, with the winners being selected at random by Bupa.