Your chance to get fit for free

David Kirk of the Burn Road Harriers is supporting the Mail's Race for Fitness campaign
David Kirk of the Burn Road Harriers is supporting the Mail's Race for Fitness campaign

WEEKLY sessions giving people the chance to get fit for free get underway next week.

As previously reported in the Hartlepool Mail, Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers got behind our Race for Fitness campaign by organising six fitness sessions.

Members are now hoping that residents will turn out in force for the very first session which takes place next Wednesday, March 14.

People of all ages and abilities can then take part in the sessions every week for the next six weeks without paying a penny.

Club bosses say they are delighted to be supporting the campaign and are urging people to go along.

David Kirk, chairman of Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers, said: “The club wanted to support Race for Fitness and this is a fantastic chance for people to work on their fitness.

“We will be splitting the sessions into groups of different abilities, everyone is welcome along.

“The more people get involved the better, for their own good, we are hoping the sessions prove really popular.”

David, who lives in the West Park area of Hartlepool, says people don’t have to train all day everyday to improve their fitness. He says they will benefit from doing between 20 and 30 minutes of exercise three times a week.

The free sessions will take place at West Hartlepool Rugby Club, in Catcote Road, every Wednesday from 6pm.

Each session will involve running around the rugby pitches, over to Summerhill or around West Park, depending on the fitness levels of the individual.

Booking isn’t required. People should just turn up next Wednesday for the first session.

Runners who enjoy the sessions may find themselves tempted to sign up for this year’s Hartlepool Marina 5-Mile road race.

The event, which is organised by Burn Road Harriers, is taking place on Sunday, April 1, this year with a 10.30am start.

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l WHILE you’re at it, why not sign up and support our Race for Fitness campaign?

So far dozens of individuals and organisations have backed the bid to get Hartlepool fit in Olympic year.

Whether you are taking on a gruelling challenge or just taking small steps to improve your health, involve us with your journey.

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