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Two great fitness boosts set for Town Park

Communities / Wed 23rd Apr 2014 am30 09:38am

HARLOW Council has been awarded £46,200 by Harlow Health Centres Trust to deliver two projects aimed towards encouraging residents to get active outdoors.

The Council, which is a member of Active Harlow, and the Community Sport and Physical Activity Network submitted the bid to try and improve access for residents to be active outdoors. £44,200 of the grant is to develop a bespoke fitness trail in Harlow Town Park. The trail will incorporate a number of different workstations aimed at giving residents a full workout whilst enjoying the beauty of Harlow Town Park.

A Council spokesperson said: “This will be a very valuable asset for Harlow. Anything that encourages residents to be active and lead healthy lifestyles is a very positive thing and this will do just that. It will be another attraction drawing people into Harlow Town Park and complements the Heritage Lottery Fund works taking place as well. The best thing about this facility is that, unlike a conventional gym, there will be no joining fee or monthly membership fee to pay. Residents will be able to turn up and use it as and when they want to.”

The remaining £2,000 is match funding towards developing Parkrun in Harlow. Parkrun is a free 5km run that will take place in Harlow Town Park every Saturday morning and will be delivered by volunteers. The spokesperson added: “The Council is really pleased to be developing Parkrun in partnership with members of Harlow Running Club. Parkrun is proving popular all over the country and we have been receiving positive comments from residents interested in taking part. Parkrun is for all abilities, is a fantastic way for residents to start exercising and an excellent gateway into running and athletics for those residents that want to take it a bit more seriously.”

Derek Fenny of Harlow Health Centres Trust stated: “Harlow Health Centres Trust is more than willing to support these projects. The Trust does this as part of its health and wellbeing strategy which is there to help organisations improve the health and wellbeing of Harlow residents.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the volunteering opportunities provided by Parkrun can email [email protected] or call 01279 446435.

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