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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Bob goes extra mile

THE Energy for Life Walney Family Fun Run returns this June, with a new 10.2k challenge to add to the 5.1k run. Free weekly sessions will take you from couch to fun runner in just 12 weeks, reports JO DAVIES

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CHALLENGE: Forced Labour at the fun run last year. From left, Mark Semple, Councillor Frank Cassidy, MP John Woodcock, Councillor Hayley Preston, Councillor Bob Pointer and Janice Callister MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50023999B019

A FAMILIAR face at the fun run since its inception is Walney resident and borough councillor, Bob Pointer.

He’s been attending the training sessions since they started, when his schedule allows, and often comments on how nice it is to unwind with a run after a busy day.

Last year he entered the event as part of the Forced Labour team with some of his fellow councillors, but this year he has a more altruistic reason for taking part.

Bob will be running to raise money for the youth centre in his ward of Ormsgill.

Everybody who enters the Energy For Life – Walney Fun Run automatically contributes to charities on Walney, with proceeds going to Friends of Walney.

But Bob is going the extra mile, in fundraising terms, by collecting sponsorship for Ormsgill Youth Centre.

Bob, 63, explained: “The residents were talking about a youth centre when I was first elected two years ago. They got the building, they got the financing, they did the work and opened the old library which had been closed a good while.

“Not only will this raise money for the youth centre but it also gives it publicity.”

Ormsgill Youth Centre is open Tuesdays and Fridays, between 5pm and 7pm for seven to 11-year-olds and between 7pm and 11pm for 12 to 16-year-olds.

Facilities include four laptops, three televisions, a pool table, which converts into a table tennis table, games and a tuck shop.

Vice chairman of Ormsgill Residents and Tenants Association, Bill McEwan, said: “Bob’s doing the Walney fun run and we’re sponsoring him and we appreciate what he’s doing for the youth centre.

“The younger age group, in particular, love it. Sometimes we have to turn some away because of the size of the venue.

“We regularly get between 10 and 16 turn up, which is really good.”

The youth centre has a dedicated youth worker, but Bill is appealing for anybody who can spare some time on a Tuesday or Friday to think about volunteering and ORTA will pay for the necessary CRB checks, as well as providing support.

For anybody wishing to sponsor Bob and enquire further about Ormsgill Youth Centre, Bill McEwan can be contacted on 01229 811421.

Meanwhile, training sessions continue to gather momentum. There was no bank holiday break for the fun runners and training leaders who turned up for another good session along Biggar Bank at 6pm on Monday.

Training sessions are free and open to all and take place every Monday and Wednesday from Sandy Gap car park at 6pm.

This year’s event is on Sunday June 17 and you can register now by following the link in the far right column of this page.

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