THREE events in the North Tyne this weekend provide the perfect early opportunity to stick to New Year’s resolutions.

Runners will have the chance to take on the best trail runs Kielder Forest has to offer at either day or night with a Dark Skies 10 taking place from 5.30pm.

Both events are open to runners of all abilities, from veterans to those new to trail running, while the dark skies event requires participants to bring a head torch, for obvious reasons.

Starting and finishing at Kielder Castle before taking participants through Kielder Forest and over the viaduct, the 10-mile run takes place at 10.30am on Saturday, January 4.

With 320m of ascent, the route provides some testing climbs and exhilarating descents incorporating a great blend of terrain, from the secluded Archer Cleugh Burn to the Lakeside Way multi-user trail.

Runners can experience the national park in darkness when the Kielder Dark Sky 10km Trail gets under way from Kielder Castle at 5.30pm on Saturday, January 4.

Both races are being hosted by High Terrain Events in the area at the weekend.

They will be followed on Sunday, January 5 by the Kielder off-road duathlon, which combines trail running and mountain biking.