ORGANISERS behind the Chester 10k, half marathon, metric marathon and marathon events are offering people the chance to get active and raise money for the NHS.

Chris Hulse and Andy White of Active Leisure Events are calling on everyone to take part in a free, weekly, virtual run in exchange for a donation to one of two NHS charities.

They said: "During these difficult and uncertain times, we wanted to make sure people could still stay active and try to bring a sense of togetherness while we are staying apart.

"We have launched a new, free, weekly virtual event called Keep the NHS Running to encourage you to improve or maintain your fitness and raise money for our fantastic NHS at the same time!"

The two charities chosen are the Countess of Chester Hospital Charity and the national NHS Charities Together fund.

Chris and Andy added: "It’s open to anyone who'd like to take part and you can complete it by walking, jogging or running outdoors, in your garden or on a treadmill at home.

"Each week there is a 10K, 5K or one-mile distance available and you have one week to take part.

"Every week one lucky runner will win a free entry in to the 2021 ALDI Chester 10K. The events will be re-set each week.

"The one-mile distance is ideal for those of you looking to exercise with younger children and to make sure they can stay active too! The one-mile event number even has a rainbow to colour in.

"With the help of our amazing runners, we are looking to raise as much money as possible to Keep The NHS Running!

"Please help the NHS by taking part and donating as much or as little as you like to one of the two charities."

The organisers added that every penny of the donations goes straight to the charities.

Those taking part are strongly advised only to run if they feel well and make sure they follow all the government guidelines - run alone or only with members of your household and be socially distanced from other people.

This virtual event is not a race, and can be completed by walking, jogging or running.