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Pledges made on new website

Hundreds of hours of pledges have been made on a new website aimed to inspire people to get fit for the Olympics.

Members of York City Council are among those who have made promises on the Olympic Pledge site, which gives people a chance to share their sporting-themed goals for 2012.

Councillor Sonja Crisp and director of communities and neighbourhoods Sally Burns have pledged to run the York 800 Jane Tomlinson Race for Life on August 5.

Sonja said: “Our Olympic Pledge site is one of the many ways that residents can join in the spirit of the 2012 London Games. I hope that sharing their Olympic-inspired pledges will help them reach their goals and motivate others – they’ll certainly spur me on.

“I urge anyone aiming to help make York a happier, healthier place to live to go and sign up. When the Olympic Torch arrives to light up York on 19 June, this is a chance for people’s ambition to shine.”

A total of 310 hours of pledges have so far been made on the site, including one from the council’s chief executive Kersten England to spend 12 hours running and walking the Yorkshire Dales’ Three Peaks before the end of 2012.

Pledges can be anything from decorating a garden to celebrate the torch relay to competing in a sporting event.

Residents will also be able to enjoy an Olympic Torch Relay afternoon celebration of sport and activity at the Knavesmire on 19 June from 2pm. The event will be free to attend and will include sports demonstrations and interactive stands offering tasters of activities such as basketball, cheer-leading, table tennis and equestrian activities.

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