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Classes hope to get women running

Women are being told not to run it alone as they train to take part in the city’s Race for Life.

The City of York Council has launched a running course for women who want to take part in the 5k Race for Life in June.

Fitness trainers began the training programme at the end of April and classes have been designed to cater for women of all ages and abilities. They have also been organised to take place at a variety of locations in the city and at various times of day, to make them accessible for all.

Dean Sharp, the City of York Council’s sports participation officer, said: “This is the first year these classes have taken place and we hope that they’ll help to motivate the women with their race training.

“Classes will be fun and sociable, where people can grab a coffee and have a chat afterwards. If you want to start running as part of a group this is a great opportunity to join one near you.”

The programme is running for eight weeks before the Race for Life at York Knavesmire on June 27.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for leisure, culture and social inclusion at the council, said: “This new programme is free and widely available to people across the city. It is great opportunity for women to train together and reach their goals for a good cause.”

The council is hoping the classes will encourage more women in the city to take up exercise and improve their health.

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