Beverley Fitmums launch fun running sessions
A SUCCESSFUL East Yorkshire running, walking and "buggy burn" club is offering free training sessions in Beverley.
The aim of the Fitmums and Friends 12-week trial scheme, which started earlier this month, is to help prevent heart disease.
The not-for-profit group wants people of all ages and fitness levels to join in the sessions on Tuesdays, at 9.45am, at the Mega Fun soft play centre in Annie Reed Road.
There are five different run leaders offering one-mile to six-mile runs.
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Shereen Morgan is one of the Beverley Fitmums run leaders.
She said: "I enjoy my running but I don't enjoy it if I feel as though I'm being harassed.
"I love the context of running with Fitmums. Nobody can come here and say they can't run, because we help all ages, all shapes and all sizes.
"You don't always want to be the fastest or the best. Sometimes, you just want to enjoy yourself. We have a chuckle as we run. It all helps to take any extra stress away. Anybody can get that feel-good factor with us. It's a massive part of the appeal of the group."
The sessions are funded by NHS East Riding Public Health.
They were set up by Sam Barlow in 2009, when she was looking for a way to get fit and meet new friends.
It has grown from just five runners, who met in front of her Cottingham home, to 260 members, in sessions in Beverley, west Hull and South Cave.
Mrs Barlow said: "Lack of childcare can make it very difficult for parents to exercise.
"I love the fact we can work together with an organisation such as Jack In A Box to break down those barriers."
Babies and pre-school children can be left at the Jack In The Box childcare providers within the town's soft play centre, Mega Fun, while parents, grandparents or carers can improve their health by taking part in the training sessions.
Mrs Barlow said: "We offer gentle runs, from one mile to six miles, for all abilities from the off."
Beverley became a British Heart Foundation Heart Town last June.
Dr Simon Thackray, consultant interventional cardiologist at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust, said: "Becoming and keeping physically fit is a great idea for all people of all ages, yet can be difficult for all of us. I'm very happy to lend my support to the Fitmums project."
For more information about Fitmums And Friends, visit www.fitmums.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07870 654586.
Childcare at The Jack In A Box Experience at Mega Fun soft play centre must be booked by the previous Friday and costs £4.50 per child per hour. Call 01482 880091.