FENLANDER: Walkers put their best feet forward at weekly groups

REGULAR group walks are organised by Fenland District Council in March, Wisbech and Whittlesey. Many of them are led by Mytime Active’s personal health trainers from local surgeries.

Whittlesey: Up to 30 people regularly join in the weekly walks held every Thursday, starting at 10am at the Manor Leisure Centre in Station Road. They are led by Richard Dainty, personal health trainer at the town’s New Queen Street surgery.

“We’ve got 40 people signed up and even in bad weather 19 or 20 people come along,” said Richard. “We’ve got lots of different routes – along the river, out in the countryside and round town. They’re between three and four miles and take about an hour.

“They’re very inclusive and sociable and we’ve got new people joining every week. We measure times, distances and calories burned – people love to see all the details.”

For details, call Richard on 07540 703820.

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March: There are walks every other Tuesday, starting at 10am from Holland House, opposite the Mercheford House surgery in Elwyn Road and led by Lesley Cuthbert, the personal health trainer at the surgery.

She said: “On average we have about nine people, a mixture of men and women mostly aged 45 or over but we have one lady who is about 80. The walks last about half an hour and we usually go along the river.

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“We’ve also just started doing some evening walks at the nature reserve at the bottom of Elm Road by Whitemoor prison. They’re a bit longer – about an hour. We’ve done two so far and had about 17 people for the last one. They’re good for people who work in the day - I’m trying to cater for everyone.”

The group’s next evening walk is planned for October 5, starting at 6pm from the entrance to the nature reserve.

For details, call Lesley on 07540 703832.

Wisbech: There is a regular gathering for the walks led by Brigitte McCormack, personal health trainer at the Trinity surgery in St Augustine’s Road. They meet at Chapel Road car park every other Tuesday at 2.30pm.

“We’re open to people of all ages and get anything between 10 and 20 people, said Brigitte. “We have six or seven routes and all the walks take about 45 minutes.”

For details, call Brigitte on 07540 703630.

Parson Drove: Glenda Cumine, personal health trainer at Parson Drove surgery, leads a group of about seven walkers who meet at the surgery’s car park at 1pm every Thursday. They follow two different routes, with walks taking about an hour.

For details, call Glenda on 07540 703822.

• For general information on Mytime Active’s programme in Cambridgeshire, call Fiona Poignand on 07775 532285 or e-mail fiona.poignand@mytimeactive.org.uk

• Town Trails: visit the Tourism section on www.fenland.gov.uk

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