Get up and running with new routes in Fenland

Michelle Tanfield and members of Fenland Running Club at the launch of the Run Routes
Michelle Tanfield and members of Fenland Running Club at the launch of the Run Routes

New routes are up and running across Fenland to encourage people to take more exercise.

Run Routes are the first initiative launched by Fenland District Council using the £250,000 Sport England Community Sport Activation grant.

Routes, which range from 1km to 3km, have been set up inWisbech Park, West End Park in March and the Manor Field in Whittlesey.

The routes, which are marked out with poles, were launched in Wisbech Park by Michelle Tanfield, Fenland Council cabinet member for sport and leisure, with help from Fenland Running Club members.

Cllr Tanfield said: “We hope these routes will help to get a lot more people out and about taking some healthy exercise. It’s well known that running, jogging or just walking is not only good for your physical health, it also helps to reduce stress.

“The routes are in a nice, safe environment and are geared to beginners and all ages and fitness levels.”

Roger Williams, of the Fenland Running Club, is impressed with the routes.

He said: “The Wisbech Park route will be good for us in different ways. The distance of 1k will be useful to our coaches when planning interval training. Also, finding out how fast you can complete the circuit will be beneficial to members wishing to practise for 5k runs.

“People new to running will find the route ideal when following the ‘Couch Potato to 5K Plan’, which involves walking and running.”