Hundreds of runners got off their marks for the first in a series of Preston Guild races.
More than 730 athletes turned out for two 5km races around Avenham and Miller parks yesterday morning.
Young runners aged 11 to 17 were first out of the blocks for a junior race, followed by an open event for older competitors, which was so popular there was a waiting list to take part.
They followed a route which started near the Japanese Gardens and ended on the old railway bridge.
The races, organised by the Red Rose Runners group, were the first held to mark the 2012 Guild. John Rogerson, membership secretary for the Runners, said: “We were very lucky with the weather, and all in all it was a successful day. People were quite complimentary about the route, and we had more than 50 volunteers helping.”
A 10km race will be held on September 30, followed by a marathon and half-marathon on October 28, and a 10-mile road race on November 18.
A fun run for youngsters and another 5km race will also take place on September 30.
For more details and entry forms, log on to www.prestonguild2012.com.