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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Walney running group prepare for next charity challenge

WILLPOWER reigned as 110 people braved the elements to take part in the first Walney Wind Cheetah workout of 2014.

A new training programme started on Monday evening suitable for both complete beginners and experienced runners.

The successful Walney Family Fun Run training programmes, which take beginners from a standing start to 5k in just 12 weeks, is the model for the sessions launched ahead of Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, which returns to Barrow Park on March 23.

Those looking for a challenge to stay motivated in 2014 can choose from three distances – one mile, three miles or six miles.

The training sessions aim to get beginners to a level where they can comfortably complete the three-mile course.

Ian Jones, of Walney Wind Cheetahs, was very encouraged by the huge turnout.

“There were 44 new starters on a freezing, Baltic cold night. But it was a good craic,” he said.

“There were 110 altogether, it was fantastic at the start seeing them all set off.”

The group split from the starting point at ABP Ports with the experienced runners heading off towards Walney bridge and the beginners alternating between brisk walks and gentle jogs towards the docks in the other direction.

“The run leaders will monitor that and progress through each week until week six when they’re up to running for eight minutes and then the groups will merge together,” said Mr Jones.

“By week 11 they will be up to doing three miles and the ones who had already been doing 5km will be up to doing six miles.”

Everybody is welcome to join the free sessions, held every Monday and Wednesday at ABP Ports from 5.45pm, ready for a 6pm start.

To get to ABP Ports from Barrow, head along Michaelson Road and take the second exit at the main roundabout then continue straight on to the new Waterfront Road.

From Walney, head along Bridge Road and take the third exit at the main roundabout and then continue on to Waterfront Road. WWC meet at the second roundabout at the bottom of the hill.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information email join@walneywindcheetahs.org.uk.

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