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Margaret - Kessingland Beginners Running

Margaret is 78 years old and a keen member of the Fit Villages Kessingland Beginners Running programme. She has been attending the group every week since we set it up in January 2015 and has significantly improved her health, fitness and wellbeing.

"I am proud to say that I have reduced my blood sugar reading from 8.2 to 4.9... and I have lost two stone"

"I am the oldest of our group - I walk while the others run. I also walk briskly round Kessingland every day which takes me between 25 and 30 minutes. I feel so much better for doing it. And I've got the support of my girls as well. I call them my girls because they are all younger than me. It was my 78th birthday last week and I had cards from some of the group…some of us also had a small slurp of Baileys…naughty but nice."

Taking part in a Fit Villages project has had a huge impact on Margaret, and the effects go far beyond the improvements to her health. She said

"I wouldn't miss this for the world because we get together and it's like being in a family".

The participants feel fitter and better for doing something active, but importantly feel more confident and happier as a result of being part of a social group. Fit Villages provides a unique opportunity to improve people's physical and mental health and wellbeing, while also trying to combat social isolation and loneliness. All the members of this group have benefited from a local social opportunity while taking part in physical activity.

Maddy Knox, who manages the Fit Villages project, said

"Margaret is a great example of someone who has whole heartedly committed to a local Fit Villages project, attending every week and improving her health and wellbeing. This is much more than a Running group, it is an important social activity which brings people together. They have developed a very strong bond, and it is a privilege to see them grow and thrive together".

The group meets at Kessingland Sports and Social Centre on Mondays at 10am and always welcomes new members.

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