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Prestigious award for Wirral running group
12:15pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A WIRRAL running group which has seen its membership increase by more than 300 in the last 18 months, has received a prestigious accolade.
Run in Wirral, which encourages and supports local people to take up running, was named Run England North West Project of the Year at the England Athletics Regional Awards this week.
Having won the regional award, the group will now go forward and have a shot at winning the national Project of the Year award, which will be announced later in the year.
The group, formed in 2010, is co-ordinated by Fiona Hanik from Wirral Council's sports development team and operates 12 sessions in various locations across the borough every week, typically attracting a total of more than 100 runners.
The group continues to grow and has just started an 'Absolute Beginners' session which will help new runners learn the basics and gain confidence in a quiet, off-road setting, before they are ready to move onto the other sessions out on the streets.
Fiona Hanik said: "One of the reasons why Run in Wirral just keeps growing is that we provide the opportunity for anyone to get out for a run.
"Our sessions are accessible for everyone - men, women, mixed groups and families of all shapes, sizes and abilities.
"Our members enjoy getting fit whilst having fun and making new friends in a safe, friendly environment.
"The award is testament to the hard work everyone puts into making the groups a success, especially the running leaders, who make sure sessions can go ahead in a safe and structured way."
Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral Council cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, added: "I am delighted that Run in Wirral has won this regional award and I wish them all the best for success at the national awards.
"Run in Wirral is a flagship project for the borough and plays a major role in helping us to achieve one of the Council’s top priorities, which is promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, especially amongst people who are new to exercise or aren’t used to regular physical activity.
"Run in Wirral's success is something we should all celebrate."
For more details about Run in Wirral, contact Fiona Hanik on 0151 929 7823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More details can be found at www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/leisure-and-culture/sports/activities/run-wirral
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