73 Mile Challenge

More than 15,000 fitness users across East Lancashire are being set a challenge through the summer with the Active Network fitness challenge.

In August participants including Burnley Leisure members are encouraged to swim, go to the gym or attend aerobic classes in order to clock the 73-mile distance and enter a prize draw.

People can complete the course as many times as they like during the promotional month. Prizes will be awarded following the draw on the 5th September.

The Active Network, created in 2011 by six local authorities and leisure trusts, helps people to enjoy physical activity and access their local leisure facilities.

Over 12,000 visits per year are now made across the Active Network group as the scheme has grown to include two more local authorities and 21 leisure centres in total.

Including Burnley Leisure centres the network provides access to 16 swimming pools, 20 gyms, over 250 exercise classes per week, more than 20 steam rooms, saunas and spa facilities.

Wesley Kellow, assistant manager at Burnley Leisure, said: “Being part of the Active Network means that our members can use a whole host of leisure sites across East Lancashire to ensure that they never miss a workout.

“It allows us to run fitness challenges across the region to showcase the fantastic facilities we have. This also makes their membership great value for money as it’s the only membership with access to 21 leisure centres in the area and this challenge will provide a reward for the hard work and effort put in by all users.”

The Active Network membership scheme engages a huge number of local people in regular physical activity by removing the boundaries previously imposed on each membership scheme.

The forward thinking leisure operators involved in the Active Network comprise of Rossendale Leisure Trust, Roefield Leisure, Hyndburn Leisure Trust, Burnley Leisure, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Pendle Leisure Trust, Craven District Council and North Country Leisure (Lake District).

To find out more about the Active Network gym challenge contact Wesley Kellow or visit the website to see the leisure centres involved in the scheme www.active-network.info.

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