‘Get Telford Active’ events get under way

With start points at more than 20 doctors’ surgeries across the borough, volunteers from Telford’s T50 50 mile Trail have joined forces with Telford & Wrekin Council’s public health team to ‘Get Telford Walking’ in the first of a series of events to get Telford active.

‘Get Telford Active’ events get under way

Organisers are calling for volunteers to get on board and lead a short circular walk. A special information event is also being held on Thursday, April 4.

Open to all, walks will range in distance from short circular walks of 1-2 miles (up to approximately 30 mins) and also longer walks from each surgery that join sections of the 50 mile trail. 

The longer walks will converge in Telford Town Park and ensure everyone has chance to take part at a level that suits them.

Louise Mills, service delivery manager for health improvement at Telford & Wrekin Council said: “In today’s busy society, it can be harder than ever to find time to take time out for exercise but there is plenty of evidence these days to show that walking can be really helpful for certain people. 

“Community led events such as these are great because people are so passionate and we are happy to support them help us in building a better borough for everyone.  

“Activities are led by what’s needed and wanted instead of imposing options on people. It’s another example of how Telford & Wrekin Council continues to work in partnership with communities and ensuring we put residents at the heart of everything we do.

Volunteer organiser Dag Saunders said: “Telford has so many footpaths and bridleways it’s just ideal for walking, plus there are so many beautiful walks and green spaces - this is a great way to discover new places and get out in the fresh air with friends.

“We are also keen to share the benefits associated with walking like losing weight, preventing or managing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

“It also helps strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mood, balance and co-ordination too and we’re inviting people to take part in these free organised and relaxed walks.”

The walks have been organised with other active walking groups including Wellington Walking Group, Walking for Health - Telford & Wrekin and also the Wellington Ramblers Association. 

The open event for volunteers is being held at Court Street Medical Centre in Madeley between 2-4pm on Thursday, April 4.

For further info and to get involved, email info@telfordt5050miletrail.org.uk  

Details for all the planned walks can be found on the Facebook page

For further details about Get Active events, visit here