A National Trust garden is opening private parkland to fun runners of all ages in a bid to raise money for charity.

Now in its fifth year, the Merlin Fun Run, being held on Sunday, July 7, will take place at Trelissick Gardens, near Truro, in aid of Merlin MS Centre.

Laura Brown, event co-ordinator, said: "We are so excited to be working with the National Trust on this event for the fifth year. Last year we saw a huge increase in runners joining us for the day and we are hoping for even more this year. The route participants will be running at Trelissick is on private parkland and only open once a year, the views are spectacular."

"Starting in front of Trelissick House, runners weave around ancient oaks with epic views of the Fal Estuary. The fun run is mainly aimed at families but over the years we have had people from all walks of life join us. It really is an event for everyone."

There is the option of both 1.5k or 3k routes and people are encouraged to don their fancy dress for the day.

Runners will be awarded with a medal and goody bag at the end of the run. Entry is £6 in advance by visiting crbo.co.uk/merlin or £7 the day. Sponsorship is optional as is fancy dress. There will be prizes for the best fancy dress and highest sponsorship.

Anyone who raises sponsorship will be given a small prize as a thank you. All proceeds will be donated to the Merlin MS Centre.

For information please email laura@merlinmscentre.org.uk or call 01726 885530.