Getting fit is set to be miles more fun under new project

Gemma Ptak, sport and physical activity manager at Hartlepool Borough Council
Gemma Ptak, sport and physical activity manager at Hartlepool Borough Council

A campaign to get people fit in Hartlepool will kick into action this year.

Hartlepool Council’s Sport and Physical Activity team is launching the Move a Mile initiative to get more people fit through ways including walking, cycling, swimming and jogging.

To encourage people, the Sport and Physical Activity team plans to mark out mile routes at town venues including Summerhill Country Park, Ward Jackson Park, Burn Valley Gardens, Seaton Carew promenade, Seaton Carew Park and Rossmere Park.

Gemma Ptak, the Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Manager, said the new campaign will aim to help people who are involved in work, family and daily commitments to fit in exercise as well.

Schools, colleges and workplaces will also be encouraged to have a mile mapped out on their sites. The Mill House Leisure Centre will help residents who would prefer to get fit through swimming.

A range of challenges are planned. They include the 30-Day Challenge aimed at people who need 21-30 days to change habits and create new ones. The eight-week My Mile challenge is aimed at people who are starting out at exercise from scratch and need time to build up to a mile.

And the Miles More project is for people who are already active and want to increase their activity levels and fitness.

Gemma said the council team would be out in the community to offer support for people achieve their goals.

For more details, call (01429) 284414 or email sport.recreation@hartlepool.gov.uk