MORE than 100 runners took part in the inaugural park run in Aberbeeg, including former Eggheads star CJ de Mooi.

The run was organised by Hayley and Gareth Edwards, who also run Edd's Eagles social running group.

The couple set up Edd’s Eagles two years ago after they discovered a love for running while trying to lose weight.

Mrs Edwards said: “It was brilliant. We had 108 runners take part, which was incredible.

“It was in the pipeline for about a year. Both me and my husband enjoy taking part in different park runs.

“My husband first suggested it, but I wasn't sure we would be able to do it. Run Wales helped us set it up, and Public Health Wales funded a defibrillator for us.

“It's great for the community as well. Kids can take part, and it's free. It's good for people to have something to help them keep active on their doorstep.”

In October, the group took more than 50 runners to take part in the Cardiff half marathon, and they have also recently set up a second group in Brynmawr, which is run by some of the group’s long-time members.

Reflecting on the club’s growth, Mrs Edwards said: “We now have about 30 people running with us at any one time. Being a social running club, not everyone attends every run. We have got about 100 to 150 members in total.

“It’s amazing. We’ve so many people, all of different abilities.”

The park run takes place at Ebbw Valley Cycle Track, every Saturday at 9am. This week, runners are being encouraged to wear red to mark Remembrance Day.