THE inaugural Peebles parkrun, which was held last Saturday with 149 runners of all abilities and ages reaching the finishing line.

Parkruns will take place each Saturday in Hay Lodge Park at 9.30am.

Threats of storms and windy weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the first run, jog and walk around the 5k course, supported by 18 volunteers.

Martin Kelso the event co-director of Haylodge parkrun said: "It’s great that after three years of effort we’ve finally got a parkrun in Peebles.

"Huge thanks are due to local volunteers who have made it happen.

"The Peebles Common Good Fund and the Scottish Borders Community Fund have also been very supportive with permission to use the park and the funding required to get the event started."

Haylodge parkrun is the 43rd parkrun in Scotland and the first in the Scottish Borders.

There are over 570 parkruns in the UK with 1.7 million registered participants and volunteers.

Martin added: "The emphasis is on activity in the fresh air.

"Participants and volunteers of all ages are welcome. We had three participants under the age of 10 this week with two over the age of 75.

" If you have an hour or so free on a Saturday morning, why not give it a go? Children and dogs (on a lead) are welcome.

"You don’t need any special equipment, just register and come along.”

Haylodge parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9.30.