After a successful first year, the Women's Running 10k will return to Nottingham this year. Due to its popularity, the race series is expanding from three events to ten in 2014. The race will start and finish at Nottingham's Victoria Embankment on Saturday 19th July.

The Women's Running 10k Race Series is organised by top UK magazine, Women's Running. The magazine inspires, motivates and encourages women to improve their running. As well as Nottingham, the first year of the series saw events in Bristol and London, with almost 2,000 women taking part.

Christina Macdonald, Editor of Women's Running said: "The first event in Nottingham was a real success and we received so much positive feedback, so we're really excited about returning in 2014. Our aim is to inspire and motivate women of all ages and abilities to run, and these events provide the framework to make that happen. All women taking part will be encouraged to achieve their own personal goals, from simply getting around a 10k course, to achieving a personal best, and we will be there to help them every step of the way."

To help runners around the 10 kilometre course, the Women's Running pacers will return to run with participants, to help them achieve their target time. Suitable for runners of all abilities, there will be a team of four pacers, targeting times of 50 minutes, 55 minutes, 60 minutes and a run/walk group aiming for approximately 70 minutes.

The race experience also includes a warm up, led by an expert from Women's Running Magazine, a technical t-shirt, a high quality drawstring goody bag and medal for every finisher, a post-race warm down with tea and cake and a personalised text message containing your race finish time and personal statistics from the day.

Christina added: "We want to provide the support for as many women as possible to start running, or help them to take their running to the next level and so offering pre-race training plans, combined with access to experienced runners in the form of pacers on race day is extremely important to us".

Runners taking part in the Nottingham race will enjoy the company of the River Trent for much of their 10k, which means a flat course is on offer.

In addition to the Nottingham Women's Running 10K race in 2014, the series will see two events in London, and one event in Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow.

Popular model turned runner, Nell McAndrew will be the ambassador for the race series again next year.

The event is now open for entries, with an early bird price of £24. For more information, top training tips and to enter, go to www.wr10k.co.uk.

Nottinghamshire County Council has extended the consultation period for local people to have their say on a planning application for the proposed development of the Bilsthorpe Energy Centre.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue's new Chief Fire Officer will be John Buckley – who will take over from retiring Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann on 1st April 2014. John is the current Deputy Chief Fire Officer and was appointed as the new Chief at a meeting of the full Fire Authority in December.

Members of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authority chose John for the role following a rigorous interview process.

Chairman of the Fire Authority, Councillor Darrell Pulk said: "We are sorry to see Frank go – but at the same time we are looking forward to working with John to help create even safer communities across the county."

John joined NFRS in 1996 as a firefighter, worked his way through the ranks and has been Deputy Chief Fire Officer since May 2012. John said: "I'm really proud to have started here and now reached the most senior position.

"My aim is to continue the fantastic work we are already doing to make Nottinghamshire a safer place – and it's by working together with the community, firefighters and staff, and the Fire Authority that we'll achieve this."

Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann retires on 31 March 2014 after being NFRS' Chief since early 2007 and there will now be a handover period between Frank and John.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Horton will also retire later in 2014 and, to ensure there is a smooth transition due to two senior officers retiring at a similar time, Area Manager Craig Parkin will be acting as a temporary Assistant Chief Fire Officer with immediate effect.