Almost 30 Haverhill slimmers will take part in two town inaugural races to raise money for charity.
The ‘Wednesday Warriors’ from Slimming World has entered 26 slimmers into the 10km Haver10 and two more have entered the HaverHalf 13.1 mile half marathon to raise cash for St Nicholas Hospice Care on May 11.
Slimming World, which meets at the New Croft, is taking part in the national ‘Slim For Good’ campaign across all 11,000 UK groups.
HaverHalf race director Jack Tappin said: “It’s great that so many from the group have got involved and they’ve helped the swell the number of entrants now to 130.
“We’re still pushing for more to make this as successful as possible and raise as much money as we can, and are also looking for volunteers to help marshal.”
The group will also be entering a team into the same charity’s ‘Girls Night Out’ event in September.
The aim of the six-week ‘Slim For Good’ drive, which kicked off on Monday (February 24), is to help people to lose weight and improve their health while raising money for a good cause in their local area.
Tania Watson who runs the group and has lost four stone herself, says the Slim for Good campaign will give members of the group an added incentive to achieve their weight-loss dreams.
“New Year’s resolutions can often become a bit of a distant memory by late February and the motivation that you might have had at the start of January can begin to dip,” she said.
“If anyone’s feeling that way, I’m hoping getting sponsored to slim will give them the lift they need.
“When it’s a cause close to your heart, like St Nicholas Hospice is for so many of us in the group, it’s even more of a push.
“We know that making healthy lifestyle changes to the way you eat and your activity levels makes a big difference to you, including improving your health and confidence, but it also impacts on your family and friends too as they enjoy the ‘new you’ and often get encouraged to become healthier themselves.
“Now, thanks to Slim for Good, members will also be able to benefit their wider local community by raising funds for St Nicholas Hospice.
“Their weight-loss will literally become St Nicholas Hospice’s gain.”
Tania is also inviting other people in the local community to join the Wednesday at The New Croft slimmers in their fund raising bid.
“If you’ve struggled with your weight for a long time, then making that decision to take control and slim down can be a big one but hopefully knowing that every pound you lose will go towards helping St Nicholas Hospice will be a great incentive to make that step.
“I would assure anyone who’s thinking about losing weight that Slimming World is the very best way to get started.
“Not only will you be able to follow a simple healthy eating plan that means you’ll never have to go hungry and be able to enjoy hundreds of healthy foods like fruit and veg, pasta, rice, lean meat, fish and more without weighing, counting and measuring, you’ll also get the best support to develop healthy habits for life and overcome any potential pitfalls in your journey so you really can lose weight and keep it off for good.
“So, by the end of the six-week campaign you could be nearly a stone lighter and on your way to a slimmer, happier, healthier you.”
Anyone wanting to take part in the six-week Slim for Good campaign can do so any time from today (Wednesday, February 26).
Sponsorship forms are available from the Wednesday Slimming World group, which is held at The New Croft every Wednesday at 9.30am and 11.30am, 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm and as an added incentive to members joining the campaign, between February 24 and March 15, new members who buy a special six-week countdown will pay £27.25 (saving £12.45).
New members who buy a 12-week Countdown during the same period will get free membership and two free weeks included for £49.50 (saving £19.90).
HaverHalf and Haver10 will be held on May 11, setting off at 9.30am from the recreation ground in Camps Road.
Entry is £16 for HaverHalf (£14 for affiliated club runners) and £12 for Haver10 (£10 for affiliated club runners).
Entry costs rise by £2 on the day.
Entry is free if you raise £100 – pay the entry fee and then submit the amount raised minus that fee.
Entry can be made at entrycentral.com/haverhalf, at runbritain.com/races or by collecting a form Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill Leisure Centre, and Sanofi (Genzyme) reception in Rookwood Way.
Alternatively you can request a form from firstname.lastname@example.org – also the address to e-mail if you can help to marshal on the day.
There will be trophies and premium goody bags for first, second and third, first over 40, first over 60 (both male and female, both races).
All finishers will get goody bags and medals.
T shirts featuring the logo are available for £10.
All money raised goes to St Nicholas Hospice Care.
The event has been made possible thanks to funding from Sanofi (Genzyme), Real Bodies Health and Fitness, Haverhill Town Council and Suffolk County Councillors Anne Gower, Tony Brown and Julian Flood.
Other sponsors and supporters are Stylize Display Graphics, GreenAir Cars, Perform Sports Therapy and Castle Manor Academy
For more information call Tania on 07974565229 or visit www.slimmingworld.com.
For the full story and all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, February 27) Echo