Chance to try pilates

Paul Gough backing the Hartlepool Mail Race for Fitness. Picture by FRANK REID
Paul Gough backing the Hartlepool Mail Race for Fitness. Picture by FRANK REID

PEOPLE can enjoy a month of pilates sessions free of charge after a campaign to get Hartlepool fit got the backing of a town physio.

Leading physiotherapist Paul Gough is the latest to throw his support behind the Hartlepool Mail’s Race for Fitness campaign.

And in a bid to help us improve the health of people in Hartlepool, Paul is offering 10 free places for four pilates sessions starting next month.

Paul, 30, is encouraging people to mark Olympic year by keeping fit and exercising and told residents to focus on how keeping fit makes you feel.

Paul, who lives in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool and runs a number of practices throughout the region, said: “Keeping fit increases your zest for life.

“I always tell people to focus on how it makes you feel, especially afterwards.

“It only takes 20 minutes to go out for a run, but the effects can last all day.

“Being active is great for your body.”

The physio keeps in tip-top condition himself and regularly goes swimming at Mill House Leisure Centre, in the town, and running at Seaton beach.

He said he was delighted when he read about the Mail’s campaign to improve the health and fitness of at least 2,012 residents in Olympic year – and is doing his bit to help out.

A new pilates session is starting at Hartlepool Peoples Centre, in Raby Road, on Wednesday, March 14.

The session, led by expert pilates instructor and physio Sammy Dakers, will run from 5pm-6pm and is designed especially to focus on strengthening the neck, back and shoulder area.

Paul is offering 10 free places for the first four sessions on a first come first serve basis.

He added: “Pilates is a great way of exercising and is gaining in popularity all of the time.

“Pippa Middleton says she keeps in shape through pilates.”

For your chance to sign up for four free sessions email:

Whether you are taking part in a marathon or any other gruelling challenge or giving up smoking, alcohol or going on a walk twice a week to keep fit, we want you to let us know.

To get involved contact Chris Cordner by writing to him at New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS248BX, via email to or by calling (01429) 239377.