DIG out your trainers... parkrun is coming to Peebles.

The fitness phenomena which has swept the UK is expected to reach the starting line in Haylodge Park this spring.

And every Saturday afterwards joggers of all ages will be encouraged to complete a scenic five-kilometre route beside the Tweed.

Martin Kelso is behind the push for parkrun in Peebles.

He said: "Scotland has 28 parkruns but none in the Scottish Borders - we want to change that.

"Peebles is an ideal location for parkrun with an active community and a fantastic setting."

Members of the Peebles Common Good Fund sub-committee will be asked to give approval for the Haylodge weekly runs when they meet on Wednesday.

And officers are recommending that the green light is given.

Andrew Graham from Scottish Borders Council said: "Parkrun UK approached Scottish Borders Council in October with a proposal to organise a weekly Saturday morning five kilometre run around Haylodge Park.

"The proposed course is essentially a straight run from the rugby gym to the western end of the park, followed by two laps of the park, with a final half lap to finish at the shelter below the rugby pitches.

"The organisers would take responsibility for ensuring that the park is left as it has been found each week, and have provided a health and safety assessment of the potential risks posed to runners, organisers and members of the public in holding the event."

Parkrun UK was founded in 2004 and now organises around 500 free 5km runs every week.

There are already close to 1.5 million registered participants with numbers growing every month.

The closest parkrun just now is held at Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian, with an average of 168 runners, walkers and joggers taking part each week.

The Peebles parkrun will take place between 9am and 10.30am each Saturday.

Mr Kelso added: "Parkruns are open to everyone and they are free and easy to take part in.

"The aim is to encourage people of every ability to take part - from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians."