Fitness fanatics win £450 in shopping vouchers

Nine gym enthusiasts are celebrating after being rewarded for getting active thanks to a football-inspired competition.

The event, inspired by the UEFA European Championship, ran across Durham County Council’s leisure centres.

Over 500 competitors worked up a sweat in gym sessions, group exercise classes and swimming to gain points and relied on their football team, chosen at random, to boost their total. Each of the nine contestants who finished top of the ‘work out’ league at each leisure centre won £50 worth of shopping vouchers each.

Kirk Walker, physical activities co-ordinator, said: “It was great to see so many of our members getting into the spirit of the Euros and taking part in our competition. The workout element added an extra level of competitiveness and meant that even those who didn’t pick out a great team could still have a chance of winning.”

“Members told us that the competition gave them an extra incentive to come in and exercise when maybe they wouldn’t have, so the competition has definitely had an impact on visits. We hope to introduce more member challenges so keep an eye out for the next one.”

The sport related incentives continue for those motivated by Team GB’s success in the Olympics as people can get active with free five visit passes as part of the council’s latest fitness campaign.

Following the success of this offer during the Olympic Games; people are reminded that passes will be available again during the Paralympic games from tomorrow (Wednesday 7th September) until Sunday 18th September 2016.

Those wanting to take advantage of this offer can attend one of the council’s leisure centres to collect a pass, a free Thrive discount card and then begin working out for free.

Pictured above left to right: Lynne Brown from Freemans Quay leisure centre, George Jones from Abbey leisure centre and Patricia Bell from Chester-le-Street leisure centre.