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York shopping park encourages shoppers to get active thanks to the launch of a popular fitness scheme in partnership with York City Knights

A busy shopping park has teamed up with the providers of a popular city-wide exercise initiative to encourage shoppers to increase their fitness.

Vangarde Shopping Park is the newest starting point for York City Council’s Just Jog programme, in partnership with York City Knights, which aims to build fitness from a short walk to a steady jog in ten weeks.

The ‘walk to jog’ course, which already operates in a number of places around York city centre, is designed to help people progress people’s fitness at a steady rate, in a fun and social environment.

Deb O’Donnell, centre manager, said: “Vangarde Shopping Park is a great place to escape the bustle of the city and to stop and take in the wildlife surrounding us.

“By taking part in the Walk to Jog program, I hope participants will be encouraged to enjoy their surroundings while improving fitness levels and supporting those around them.

“The great thing about this course is, no matter what level you’re starting from, you will not get left behind.”

Starting at Marks and Spencer, the first week kicked off with a moderately paced two mile walk and the aim is to get participants jogging 5km (3.2 miles), without the need for rest, by the end of the course.

The scheme is part of York City Council’s wider physical activity campaign, Just 30, which encourages York residents to do just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day to keep in-line with the achieving the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week.

Courses cost £10 and those who complete the ten weeks will receive a free t-shirt. For further information or to book a place, please contact Dean Sharp on 01904 553377 or dean.sharp@york.gov.uk.