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New routes to get you up and running

Several specially designated "run routes" have been put in place by Fenland District Council in a bid to encourage people to take more exercise.

Run Routes launch

They have been set up in Wisbech Park, West End Park in March and the Manor Field in Whittlesey. There are plans for a fourth one in Chatteris as soon as a suitable location can be found.

The routes are clearly marked out with a series of short wooden posts and vary in length from one to three kilometres.

They were officially launched in Wisbech Park last week [September 1] by Councillor Michelle Tanfield, FDC's Cabinet member responsible for sport and leisure. She was joined by members of the Fenland Running Club.

They draw on Run England's national 3-2-1 project, which is providing a range of marked out running or jogging routes across the country that anyone can have a go at.

Cllr Tanfield said: "We hope these routes will help to get a lot more people out and about taking some healthy exercise. It's well known that running, jogging or just walking is not only good for your physical health, it also helps to reduce stress.

"All the routes are in a nice, safe environment and are geared to beginners and people of all ages and fitness levels. They are just one of the ways in which we're looking to get people more active generally, as well as encouraging them to take part in sport of all kinds."

Roger Williams of the Fenland Running Club said: "The Wisbech Park route will be good for us in various different ways. The distance of 1k will be useful to our coaches when planning interval training. Also, finding out how fast you can complete the circuit will be beneficial to members wishing to practise for 5k runs.

"People new to running will find the route ideal when following the 'Couch Potato to 5K Plan', which involves walking and running. It is also a convenient distance for parents wishing to introduce their children to running, especially as the course is flat and the paths are in good condition."

The run routes are one of the first initiatives to come out of Active Fenland, a three-year project made possible by a £250,000 grant awarded to the council by Sport England's Community Sport Activation Fund.

Article added September 8, 2015