Thursday 13th January 2011
Getting fit will probably be one of the most common resolutions made in the New Year and now people in Derbyshire have no excuse with the launch of a new, free scheme which is helping them to do just that.
The 'Jog Derbyshire' project was set up in 2009 and now has 70 groups running across the County, in leisure centres, schools and community centres.
Funded by the Sport England Lottery and Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust, it aims to get over 3,000 of us running in a three-year period.
More than 70 Jog Derbyshire groups have already been established around the county, running from colleges and schools, leisure centres and community centres, led by volunteers or leisure centre staff.
Now a new group is starting up in South Normanton in January when anyone interested in joining the scheme will be able to talk to leaders and find out more. Organisers told us the scheme is for anyone. Those who have never done it before, or those looking to begin again after a break. It's also ideal for anyone who would rather run in a group, rather than alone.
The group will be building on an already successful programme in South Normanton - run by Jog Leaders Rob Pearce and Steve Bunting - which has seen members realise some fantastic achievements such as completing their first ever race, giving up smoking and successfully lose weight.
Co-leader Dawn Spendlove was a non-runner when she started and she's never looked back. She told us how she'd started, "I wanted to get fitter as I play hockey, but really wasn't able to run comfortably for more than five minutes, so I decided to give jogging a go to help improve my fitness. It was hard to start with - and I only managed very short jogs - but was amazed at how quickly I saw an improvement.
"I can now jog for up to 40 minutes and go out jogging a couple of times a week. It's certainly helped my fitness and more importantly I can fit it around home and work life, so it's not only free, but flexible."
Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to attend an open evening on January 24th at 6.30pm at Frederick Gent School Sports Centre.
Jog sessions will take place on Mondays at 6.30pm and Tuesdays at 7pm meeting at Frederick Gent School.
Alternatively you can contact Jog Leaders Rob, Steve, Carol or Dawn for more details:
Rob - firstname.lastname@example.org - 07962 308933
Steve - email@example.com
Carol - firstname.lastname@example.org - 07932 158510
Dawn - email@example.com
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