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Residents looking to get more active at their own pace can put their best foot forward and join in with free weekly walks around the Abbey Stadium Track.

The sessions are part of the national ‘Walks for Health Scheme’ and are led by three trained volunteers who can’t wait to welcome back walkers this June.

Participants can turn up at any time during the session to enjoy a safe, flat walk, in a friendly environment with cafe and toilet facilities on hand. Just register with the volunteers at the track before beginning.

There is always the opportunity to "Walk and Talk", or to pace it out and count laps no matter your walking speed, ability, or experience.
Leisure Services Portfolio Holder, Cllr Mike Rouse, said: “We started offering these sessions before COVID and they were starting to take off, so I’m delighted to see them coming back.

“With more people working from home these days, they’re now an ideal opportunity to get out of the house and get moving in a nice and easy way.
“Speaking personally, I’ve found them beneficial myself. Lockdown has been tough both physically and mentally so I’m looking forward to getting a bit of exercise in the sun, round the track. My goal is to graduate from these sessions once fit enough into a local running club, but whatever your goals are this is a good way to get started.

“It’s so simple. Just turn up. Talk or don’t talk, run or walk, stay for coffee or don’t, it’s entirely up to you.”

The walks will restart from Wednesday June 16th, 11am at the Abbey Stadium.

Free training, support and guidance is also available for anyone that would like to help at Walking for Health sessions. Volunteering is proven to be a great way to meet other people, help out in the community and ultimately improve life satisfaction.

If you would like to speak to someone about the sessions or about volunteering, please call Hayley Gwilliam, Physical Activity Development Officer, on 01527 881404 or alternatively complete the online registration form.