The Easter bunny will be making a belated appearance this July, when the Darlington Trail Series host their “virtual” Easter Fun Run.

Organiser Darryn Wood was forced to postpone the 5K run because of the COVID-19 outbreak but was determined to make it happen to raise much-needed funds for St Teresa’s Hospice.

The Easter Fun Run would have been the group’s first major event of 2020 and will now take place in the days leading up to Sunday July 19.

Now a virtual event, entrants are encouraged to complete their own run in their own time. As a reward for their efforts, they can pick up a medal and Easter egg from Darryn and his team who will be based in Darlington’s South Park between 10am and 4pm on Sunday July 19.

The Darlington Trail Series team will be following current Government guidelines around social distancing and hygiene practices, and all runners are encouraged to do the same.

Darryn said: “We were disappointed that the event had to be postponed in April but we knew it was the right thing to do for everyone’s safety. I don’t give up easily, and especially where St Teresa’s Hospice is concerned I will do whatever I can to get people involved in raising funds. I love the idea that we are holding an Easter fun run in July. I just hope the eggs don’t melt!”

St Teresa’s Hospice needs to raise over £3m a year to provide free day, in-patient and community care, as well as family support and bereavement counselling, for people living with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Darlington, South Durham and North Yorkshire.

The Easter Fun Run is open to all ages and abilities and participants can run, jog or walk. Fancy dress is encouraged.

Places are limited and advance registration is essential. Runners can register a place in the Easter Fun Run at The entry fee is £7 per person and runners are asked to raise sponsorship in aid of St Teresa’s Hospice.