Team are ready to lead Race for Life runners in warm-up

The Upbeat Team who help people get healthy are doing the warm-up for Halifax Race For Life.'Pictured at Spring Hall, Halifax
The Upbeat Team who help people get healthy are doing the warm-up for Halifax Race For Life.'Pictured at Spring Hall, Halifax

THIS is the team who will be getting runners raring to go for Halifax’s first Race for Life.

The staff from Upbeat in Calderdale will be leading the warm-up before the event at Savile Park on Sunday, July 24.

They will be joined by a number of the people they have helped get fitter who are taking part in the 5k run.

Upbeat is a GP exercise referral scheme for people with a body mass index of 30 or over, with a heart condition, diabetes or at risk of heart disease.

They are referred for a free 10-week exercise programme, which includes a weight-management service.

Meanwhile, players from the Bradford Bulls will be joining youngsters who have been taking part in Upbeat Kids – a course to improve the health and fitness of children – next Saturday.

The children – aged between seven and 17 – and their families will be taking part in activity sessions with the rugby players.

Ruth Wood, sports development officer at Upbeat Kids, said: “There has been a clear transformation in those children attending Upbeat Kids.

“It is amazing to see what they have achieved. Parents and children can be quite apprehensive at first but they soon really enjoy it and the teams running the scheme offer lots of support and encouragement.

“These youngsters and their families that have taken part have lost pounds in weight and gained confidence in themselves thanks to this pioneering health scheme.

“It’s not only their health that improves – there can be a general increase in self-esteem and personal skills”

To sign up for Race for Life visit www.raceforlife.org.