TRY it LIKE it – WALK, JOG, BIKE it

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Would you like to try walking, jogging or cycling? Is something preventing you from getting involved in these activities? Kirklees Council have made a programme that will help you and others get involved.

Some people don’t get involved in these activities because they might feel unfit, they don’t know anyone else who does the activity, haven’t tried it before, or for a long time.

A range of organisations have come together to provide activities and all the instructors are qualified in leading basic level activities. The group sessions will help participants take the steps needed to build up fitness and confidence.

There are free activities taking place throughout the summer in parks and green spaces all over and they are designed to make it as easy to take part in as possible. Walks are short and at an easy pace, bikes are provided on cycle sessions and are traffic free, and run leaders will help walkers move up a gear to a gentle jog.

There will also be fun family activities ran throughout the school holidays, here are the first few you should take part in:

Steps to Strides – Wednesday 3 August

Beaumont Park will host an evening session of ‘Steps to Strides’. This is a walk/jog session for beginners looking to move up from walking to jogging by building fitness up gradually over a few weeks. The session starts at 6.30pm and lasts an hour. Be sure to meet at the bandstand.

Back to Walking – Thursday 4 August

‘Back to Walking’ beginner 30-40 minute walks will set off from Lepton Surgery at 10.30am.

On the same day, another easy woodland walk will set off from the YMCA site in Salendine Nook at 10.00am for half an hour.

Nordic Walking Taster – Thursday 4 August

There will be a Nordic Walking taster from 10.00 till 10.30 am at Castle Hill. To book your free place contact Julian Brown on 07968426312.

James and the Giant Peach Family Walk – Friday 5 August

A special James and the Giant Peach themed family walk will take place in Greenhead Park at 2.30pm. Places can be booked by calling Huddersfield Library on 01484 414868.

Bike Skills – Friday 5 August

Anyone wanting to learn Bike Skills should head down to the Leeds Road Sports Complex at 6.30pm. You’ll learn how to ride a bike with confidence and ease. The sessions are traffic-free, bikes and helmets are provided.

Learn to Ride/Return to Ride – Saturday 6 August

Every Saturday from 6 August until 22 October from there will be cycle training sessions. 10am till 12pm will be sessions aimed towards adults and 1pm till 3pm for children. Bikes and helmets are provided.

Cllr Sheikh Ullah, Chair of Huddersfield District Committee who funded the programme said:

“This is a great opportunity for people to get out in the fresh air. Taster sessions allow people to try something new in a safe and supportive environment. Moving more is good for everyone’s health and sense of well-being. We want being physically active to be an easy thing to do so that it becomes a way of life for people in Huddersfield”.

More information about the activities

A printed calendar of events is available from local libraries, GP surgeries, community centres and other venues or you can find the fill list online at: www.kirklees.gov.uk/walkjogbike.

Further information is also available by contacting: lynnette.evans@kirklees.gov.uk or gill.logan@kirklees.gov.uk

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