Bowled over by campaign

Dave Kilner (front) and bowling colleagues (left to right) Eric Thompson, Mark Parvin, Derek Stamp and Maurice Cluer

Dave Kilner (front) and bowling colleagues (left to right) Eric Thompson, Mark Parvin, Derek Stamp and Maurice Cluer

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A HARTLEPOOL sports club with 600 members has backed a Hartlepool Mail fitness drive – and urged more people to join them.

Hartlepool and District Indoor Bowls Club is the latest major organisation to join the Race For Fitness campaign which aims to get 2,012 people into shape in Olympic year.

And this is a big year for the club, based in its own building between Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park and the Mill House Leisure Centre.

The bowls club itself is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Its chairman of directors Dave Kilner said: “Bowls is a sport which improves peoples’ fitness. It improves your versatility with a lot of bending and stretching. It also promotes comradeship and fellowship and people of all ages can play it.

“I am a guy who played a lot of cricket and rugby and now I am a convert.”

At its height, the club boasted 1,400 members and bosses are hoping that more people will not only sign up for Race For Fitness, but also come along and join the bowls club.

Dave added: “We want to re-invigorate and promote the club.”

He said: “Anyone can play and people don’t really realise the fitness benefits. It is also a very skilful game.”

Dozens of bowls club members have added their names to our Race For Fitness list which can be found on our website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

Membership costs £40 for a full membership, £35 for a veteran membership, and fees are just £3.50 to play for two hours.

We want to hear from at least 2,012 people in Hartlepool and east Durham who plan to spend this year improving their health.

It does not have to be a Herculean challenge. The most important thing is that you take part in our Race For Fitness project.

Whatever your story, we want to hear it between now and the moment the Olympic flame is lit on July 27.

Contact Chris Cordner by writing to him at New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, via email to chris.cordner@northeast-press.co.uk or by calling (01429) 239377.