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Kickstart 2018 with the West Kent Challenge
Jan 14, 2018

Residents looking to lose some holiday weight or get their New Year fitness regime off to a sprint start are in luck, as Sevenoaks District Council launches 12 free workshops helping people to take up running.

The West Kent Challenge ‘Couch to 5k’ aims to get residents walking or running up to 5k in just 12 weeks with workshops led by professional running coach Shona Campbell across the District.

The workshops last for two hours and include advice, information and practical demonstrations and there is no need to book, simply just turn up.

Workshops are for residents over 18 and include physical exercise, so appropriate clothing and footwear is advised.

Sevenoaks District Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Health, Cllr Michelle Lowe, says: “If exercise could be packaged and prescribed as a pill, doctors swear it would be magic medicine. Exercise is not only great for our mental wellbeing including preventing or at least delaying the onset of dementia; it makes us happier by releasing certain chemicals in our brains that dull pain, lighten mood and relieve stress to amazing physical benefits.

"Great improvements start to happen to our bodies after only a short amount of exercise which is why 'Couch to 5k' is a great way to shed that extra Christmas weight and start the new year focussed on our overall wellbeing. So whether you are used to regular exercise and need a bit more motivation or have not done any exercise for years, these workshops are for you."

Residents can visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/westkentchallenge for all details, which are also below, and can like the Facebook page by searching ‘WKchallengecouchto5k’.

• Westerham Sports Association, King George’s Playing Field, Costells Meadow, Westerham, TN16 1BN
Monday 22 January 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
• Seal Village Hall, Seal, Sevenoaks TN15 0BD
Monday 22 January 2018, 6pm to 8pm
• West Kingsdown Pavilion, London Road, West Kingsdown TN15 6BZ
Thursday 25 January 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
• New Ash Green Village Hall, Centre Road, New Ash Green DA3 8HH
Friday 26 January 2018, 2pm to 4pm
• Swanley White Oak Leisure Centre, Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, BR8 7BT
Sunday 28 January 2018, 10am to 12pm
• Horton Kirby and South Darenth Village Hall (Jubilee Hall), Horton Road, South Darenth, SAT NAV post code DA4 9AZ
Monday 29 January 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
• Edenbridge Leisure Centre, Stangrove Park, Edenbridge, TN8 5LU
Thursday 1 February 2018, 10am to 12pm
• Otford – Venue TBC
Thursday 1 February 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
• Chiddingstone Causeway Village Hall, Tonbridge Road, TN11 8JS
Friday 2 February 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
• Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1LW
Sunday 4 February 2018, 10am to 12pm
• Hextable Village Hall, College Road, Hextable, BR8 7LT
Sunday 4 February 2018, 2pm to 4pm
• Shoreham Village Hall, High Street, Shoreham
Thursday 8 February 2018, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Well-being walking group takes 30,000th step!
Dec 18, 2017

Sevenoaks District residents are well on the path to glory after taking a collective 30,000 steps with new well-being walking group Every Step Counts.

The group, also celebrating 10 weeks of walks, passed the thirty-thousand mark on Wednesday 29 November after setting off from their usual starting point at Otford Memorial Centre car park at 10am.

The new community wellbeing walk, organised and run entirely by volunteers with the help and support of the Council’s healthy living team and led by three qualified walk volunteers, Cllr Anna Firth, Jo Kingston and Irene Collins.

The walk is aimed at residents who may never have walked before but want to give it ago and also residents with a long term condition, overweight, lack fitness or simply lack the confidence and self-esteem to go out walking alone.

To celebrate the occasion, the walk was joined by Sevenoaks District Council Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham, Vice-Chairman Cllr Pat Bosley as well as President of West Kent Mind, Pat Downing, Chief Officer of Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge, Gillian Shepherd-Coates.

Cllr Michelle Lowe, Sevenoaks District Council Portfolio Holder for Housing and Health, says: “Just 15 minutes of walking per day has tremendous mental, physical and emotional health benefits. Every Step Counts is a great way for people who have not been able to walk for a variety of reasons to start short, gentle walks with the support of other like-minded people."

Sevenoaks District Council Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham, adds: “The walk enables people to get fit without any pressure. If you’re looking to get back into fitness or just want some company, come on down and take the next step to well-being.”