Free sessions on offer

Instructor Charlie Featherstone, left, with martial artists from the North East Tang Soo Do Family of Martial Arts and Fitness who are supporting the Mail's Race for Fitness
Instructor Charlie Featherstone, left, with martial artists from the North East Tang Soo Do Family of Martial Arts and Fitness who are supporting the Mail's Race for Fitness

INSTRUCTORS and members at an award-winning fitness club are backing Race for Fitness and offering free sessions to encourage people to get in shape.

Charlie Featherstone is the chief instructor at the North East Tang Soo Do Family of Martial Arts and Fitness, based in the town, and is extremely passionate about getting people fit and healthy.

The group, which meets at Owton Manor Primary School and the Stranton Centre, was crowned the best fitness and activity group nationwide at the What’s On 4 Me awards last year.

And now Charlie, who is a full-time professional instructor, is offering free sessions for a week to encourage people to get behind the Mail’s Race for Fitness campaign.

The 46-year-old, who lives in the Rift House area of Hartlepool with wife, Diane, 43, a Slimming World consultant, said: “I am a firm believer that being active and having the correct balance of healthy food is not only better for your body but helps build your confidence and self esteem.”

Charlie runs two fitness and three martial arts sessions every week.

He says he is aware that people do not have a lot of spare time, so the fitness sessions are only one-hour long.

He added: “One hour is all people need. I encourage people to get active and basically just to move, it’s that simple.

“I try to encourage people to get off a bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way and to go up stairs instead of getting a lift, things like that.”

Charlie has the backing of more than 30 members who have thrown their support behind the Mail’s campaign.

Anyone who is interested in going along to a week’s worth of free sessions or for more information about the club should call Charlie on 07974 169229.