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Telford walks were just what the doctor ordered

By Lisa O'Brien | Telford | Telford entertainment | Published:

A walking event starting out at GP surgeries in Telford was just what the doctor ordered for hundreds of participants.

Walkers celebrate after completing routes from GP surgeries in Telford

Walkers as young as five and as old as 86 joined volunteers from the T50 50-Mile Trail on short circular walks starting at surgeries, which converged in Telford Town Park as part of the Get Telford Walking event.

The best turnout was at Oakengates GP surgery where around 20 people went on the short circular walk.

This was the first in a series of community led events supported by Telford & Wrekin Council’s Let’s Get Telford Active fund.

Councillor Andy Burford, cabinet member for health & social care, said: “Walking is just as important for your mental health as well as the physical side, and the volunteers who put this together know that more than anyone.

“This year I am looking forward to working with volunteers and the community to support more events like this that aim to get Telford active.”

Councillor Raj Mehta, mayor of Telford and Wrekin, said: “I would like to give a big thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to turn an idea I had into a reality. Community events such as these are great for bringing people together.

"It might just be the start of something that will continue and encourage an active lifestyle and new friendships.”

Dag Saunders, one of the volunteer organisers, said: “Walking is a great way to be healthy, meet new people and make friends. People who had never met spent their time chatting whilst enjoying themselves on one of the many beautiful walks that Telford has. I would encourage anyone who is interested to go out and find a local walking group they can join. Get out there and discover new places and enjoy the fresh air with friends.”

Lisa O'Brien

By Lisa O'Brien
Senior Reporter - @lisaobrien_Star

Senior reporter based at Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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