Get healthy with free organised walks

People taking part in one of the council's free health walks

People taking part in one of the council's free health walks

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Walkers in the Horsham District can celebrate the London Olympics 2012 this summer with a series of free to attend Olympic themed health walks.

There will be an opening and closing ceremony walk organised by Horsham District Council to celebrate the momentous games and there will also be an Olympic challenge issued to all the walkers.

If walkers can walk 27 miles in the two weeks of the Olympic Games; a special certificate can be earned.

There will be over 50 walks to choose from, all over the Horsham District and of all lengths, so there should be a walk for everyone.

With the recent wet weather, the valiant walk leaders are now getting used to walking in the rain.

There are two new hosts for the health walks as the Council welcomes The Ramblers as the administrative hosts and Macmillan Cancer Support as funders.

Walking is the core activity of The Ramblers and they are well aware of the physical and mental benefits that walking has on people’s lives.

There is real evidence that walking can benefit those that have experinced cancer in most forms.

Jill Shuker, Health Walk Coordinator at Horsham District Council, said: “Welcome to this extraordinary programme for summer 2012.

“Let’s hope that the weather imporves and that you can find the time and the inclination to join a walk with us.

“It is very easy. Choose a day that you are free, look and see what and where the walk is on and turn up at the start. If you are not sure how far you can walk, start with a short one and work upwards.”

Why not take advantage of one of the walks and enjoy what is going to be one of the most extraordinary British summers for a generation and go for gold with the health walks this summer.

For more information on the health walks scheme, contact Jill Shuker by calling 07780 701184 or emailing jill.shuker@horsham.gov.uk