Bill’s backing for Mail campaign

Bill Reid with the 2012 Race for Fitness poster
Bill Reid with the 2012 Race for Fitness poster

A BUSINESSMAN is backing a Hartlepool Mail campaign to get fit.

Bill Reid, 54, who runs a cobbler’s business in the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, has joined the growing list of supporters for the Race For Fitness campaign.

Bill, who is married to Jackie, 52, has always had to keep up his own fitness levels because he is a local football league referee and also enjoys power walking.

But he has stepped up his training and now runs twice a week with his son-in-law Matthew Fleetham-Reid.

Bill said: “Keeping fit has always been important especially with my job as I am always on my feet.”

He hailed the Race For Fitness campaign as an important step in improving the health of the people of Hartlepool.

He joins a list of supporters for our campaign which already includes Prime Minister David Cameron, Lord Sebastian Coe, Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, Hartlepool’s world champion boxer Savannah Marshall, and town MP Iain Wright.

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

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

Why are we doing this?

Hartlepool has a shocking heart disease record.

More than 100 people are still dying of heart disease in Hartlepool each year, British Heart Foundation figures have shown.

One in five of Hartlepool’s population still smokes.

The town’s rate of adult smokers was 21.9 per cent in 2010/11, which is higher than the England average which is 21 per cent, according to new figures just revealed to the Mail by anti-smoking campaign group FRESH.

The North-East has the highest rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England with 2,406 admissions in 2009-10, NHS Information Centre figures show.

And in 2010, a six-month investigation into alcohol abuse showed nearly 30 per cent of Hartlepool’s drinking population downed more than the recommended daily amount of three to four units for men and two to three units for women.

Whatever your story, we want to hear it.

Contact Chris Cordner by writing to him at New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, via email to or by calling (01429) 239377.