Thousands of women will light up Newcastle in a neon celebration of International Women’s Day.

They will walk, jog, or run across Exhibition Park and the Town Moor for the third This Girl Can 5K on March 7.

Organisers say the event is set to smash the record for participation set last year, with more than 2,500 participants signed up already.

Newcastle City Council cabinet member for culture, sport and public health Cllr Kim McGuinness said the Walk Jog Run was for all women.

She said: “This is a massive event; this is the third year we have done it and it’s grown year on year.

“We want it to be a really inclusive, accessible event – so even if you’re not a runner and just want to give it a go and would like to walk the route, that is fine.

“It’s about women supporting other women to do something different in celebration of International Women’s Day.”

The This Girl Can 5k is organised by Active Newcastle for This Girl Can, the national campaign to encourage more women to get active – no matter how they do it, how they look, or how sweaty they get.

The walk jog run celebrates women of all abilities, but all genders are welcome and will involve around 2,500 women, children and their allies walking, jogging or running the one-mile or 5K UV-themed route.

Active Newcastle’s Jodi Kean said: “Newcastle wants to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in and leading active lives and this event is a great way to take the steps towards that.

“The event will be great fun and a great atmosphere.”

Newcastle’s International Women’s Day 2019 events will raise awareness of period poverty and stigma, and promote a message of period positivity.

One in 10 girls have been unable to afford sanitary protection while nearly half of girls aged between 14 and 21 in the UK are reportedly embarrassed by their periods and we want to encourage people to come together and bust the taboo around periods.

To take part in the This Girl Can 5k, use the Eventbrite link or visit Facebook

If you would like to find out more about This Girl Can and Active Newcastle events, follow them on social media on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Activenewcastlepage/ on Twitter at https://twitter.com/activenewcastle or on the city council’s Facebook events list: https://www.facebook.com/pg/NewcastleCityCouncil/events

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