Mayo AC who now operate 3 Fit4Life/Meet and Train groups in the southern part of the County have just announced details of their Summer Programme. Fit4Life is the ideal place for the recreational runner and walker to take their first steps towards better health and fitness in a safe sociable environment.
(Picture:Westport Ladies Fit4life Team 2010 winners and leaders pictured at the Fit4life Barbeque at the Western Hotel Claremorris accepting their prize from Tony Gleeson ‘Country Harvest’ Fruit and Veg store, Claremorris.)
Michael McGrath Chairman of the very successful Mayo AC speaking recently explained what its all about “In this area Mayo AC operate 3 Fit4Life groups in Castlebar Ballinrobe and Claremorris supported by Mayo Sports Partnership we cater for people who wish to walk ,jog or run[or wish to progress from one level to another] to improve their health and fitness in a low cost environment. Membership is open to all men and women over 18 years with no upper age limit. There is lots of flexibility members can rotate between our 3 venues if it suits them also we have an arrangement where our registered members can use the excellent facilities at the Claremorris AC Track at any other time during the week if they wish. Joining is easy just come along to any of the 3 venues [details listed below ] and there will be somebody there to welcome you and outline our plans”
As part of the programme Mayo AC have also announced details of a Summer Series of 5k run/walks at each of its Fit4Life venues ,they will be low cost Tuesday evening fun events over an accurate course open to all who want to walk jog or walk with a social gathering and presentation on the night following the third leg of the series. Looking ahead a similar 5k series is planned for the early autumn while a non competitive walk in the Cong Woods is also being considered .
(Picture: Some of the Claremorris Fit4Life members)
Anne Ronayne Community Sports Development worker with Mayo Sports Partnership and the driving force behind the establishment of Fit4Life in Mayo complimented Mayo AC on what has been achieved to date and wished them well with their summer programme saying
“The 3 Fit4life groups under Mayo AC namely Claremorris, Castlebar and Ballinrobe are to be highly commended for becoming great success stories.
These Meet and Train groups are only as good as their leaders and all 3 groups have brilliant leaders who have worked really hard to make these groups the successes that they are.
It is great to see the way the groups can work together too, sharing advice and helping each other out when needed.
The concept of Fit4life is very simple ‘come along, drop in , no pressure, you can walk, jog or run’ it’s up to you to do what you want to do and the promise is that there will be someone there to help you do that.
Mayo AC have been a great example too of forward thinking as by embracing the 3 fit4life groups, they have found a great base of club members who indeed now some of them also participate in events, some at a very high level although I’m certain when they started out they wouldn’t have dreamed of such things.
I am delighted to see Fit4life going from strength to strength, we at Mayo Sports Partnership have been to the fore promoting the concept of ‘Meeting and Training’. For the past few years.
It is proven that people find it much easier to exercise with others, are more motivated and more likely to enjoy it and also enjoy the benefits of the social networking.
Following on from an incredibly successful 2011 women’s mini marathon on May 1st there are lots of people out in the community now that I’m sure are looking for a means to keeping up their fitness and what better way than to join your local meet and train group? Why not take part in the upcoming June 5k fit4life series?
The upcoming 5k Fit4life series is a ‘no frills’ event. The inaugural series was in 2010 and was a roaring success with over 120 participants in each of the series. This year I expect a great interest in the 5k series and I would advise walkers, joggers and runners to support the events. Last year on the night of the final series a barbeque was included and it was a brilliant night of fun. Don’t forget to book your place for the series, make sure to get in on time as it’s likely to be limited to a certain number of participants this year.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mayo AC for their partnership and wish them well in all their endeavours. I would like to thank and wish all the best to the Fit4life groups and their leaders and wish them all the best with the 5K series.
Mayo AC Fit4Life… venue dates times
Castlebar each Monday evening at Breaffy GAA Centre at 7.30 pm
Contact Anne8635534 or Maggie6324252
Ballinrobe each Monday evening at Secondry School at 7.30 pm
Contact Joan 6726029 [after 5pm] Pauline 7528132 or Linda 8655264
Claremorris each Thursday evening at Claremorris AC Track at 7.30 pm
Contact Michael 8534729 [after 7pm] or Colette 6470885 [after 5pm]
Mayo AC 5k Summer Series …..venues dates times
Race 1 Castlebar Tuesday june 21st @ 8pm
Race 2 Ballinrobe Tuesday june 28th @ 8 pm
Race 3 Claremorris Tuesday july 5th @ 8pm followed by presentation night
While this series is aimed at the fit4life participant events are open to all who want to walk jog and run it is expected that for safety numbers will be limited full entry details will be announced in the coming weeks in the media and also on www.mayoac.com