Active Leeds: Fit 4 Peak a Roaring Success at John Lewis Leeds

The Active Leeds team delivered a health and well-being experience for partners employed at the John Lewis head office (Victoria) in Leeds this week. Active Leeds have created a strong partnership with John Lewis and have been working hard to tackle inactivity and raise the overall health and well-being of partners within the business. Following on from the recent logistics driver’s intervention the “Fit4Peak” project looks to raise awareness around health and well-being. In store activities promoting being more physically active via engagement events, promoting the range and depth of opportunities that exist across the City. Programming a series of interventions within the store- Like Mindfulness Mondays, Store Yoga and Wake Up Shake up mornings.

On the day Active Leeds carried out a large number of health checks with partners and ran a series of motivational interviewing sessions. Partners at John Lewis were offered a 15 minute consultation with a health professional, allowing individuals the opportunity to talk in confidence with a professional Health Coach. Throughout the day a consultation was delivered around getting more physically active in Leeds.  Active Leeds asked “how we could work together to make Leeds the best City to be active in”.  Alongside the consultation a pledge scheme was launched running from now until Christmas which encourages partners to pledge and make a commitment to become more active.

John Lewis Image

Additionally on the day the team engaged John Lewis partners in a range of activities including Boxing, Indoor Tennis and PING. Information regarding projects such as Leeds Girls Can, Go Tri (our Triathlon project), and details about local swim and gym opportunities were hugely popular. A number of John Lewis partners took the opportunity to activate a free 7 day pass and start their journey immediately.

Sam Blevins (John Lewis Clinical Lead) commented: “We have worked in partnership with Active Leeds for over a year now and the support and enthusiasm is infectious, they have supported us with after work activities, updated us on city wide initiatives and attended well-being events engaging with our partners in a friendly and supportive way. What really makes them stand out to us is their can do attitude and the feeling that they really do care about the health and wellbeing of our Partners, looking forward to many more collaborations in the future keep up the good work”

Neil Jones (Partnership Manager) Active Leeds stated – “Our partnership with the team at John Lewis has flourished over the last 12 months and we have supported a large number of John Lewis partners to get active. The organisation is passionate as we are about supporting people and communities to thrive and employee health and wellbeing is taken very seriously. The positive and swift manner that the team at John Lewis have acted upon our recommendations has been refreshing and we are looking forward to working in partnership for many years to come. Collaboration is key for Active Leeds as we strive to make Leeds the best City to be active in.

 

 

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My First Post-Pregnancy Run (the second time around) – before, during and after

Before:

Right now it’s a week away from a very important day for me… the day when I do my first post-pregnancy run. Just like after my last pregnancy, I’ve waited until 12 weeks have passed and followed a mixed plan of physio and pelvic floor exercises to give myself the best possible chance of strengthening those core areas affected by pregnancy and birth. But now, the wait is almost over, and I approach it with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Excitement to get back out there and anxiety about how it will feel, how I will get on. Will I collapse in a heap after 30 seconds…? Whatever happens I won’t have to wait long to find out…!

Leanne Lane with Bump and Daughter

During:

Hooray! The day is finally here! Having stopped running early on in my pregnancy due to pelvic discomfort, it feels like a looooong time has passed. Feeling very excited as I put on my running gear and lace up my running shoes. Its winter, my favourite time of year to run, I much prefer the cold to the heat. I’m having to go early, and make sure my toddler is ok and that baby is full of milk and settled before I go, but then they’ll be snuggled up with Daddy until I get back. Once I’m out the door, there’s no stopping me and the feeling of freedom is unbelievable – I can’t remember the last time I went anywhere without taking at least one child with me! Off down the street following my usual route without even thinking twice, I haven’t planned in advance where I’d go, just wherever my legs take me. Legs that feel slightly stiff from not running for a long time and a body tired from lack of sleep – but it feels good, feels nice. It feels different but the same. No music. Just running to the sound of my own beat. 

Leanne Lane Post Pregnancy Run

Afterwards:

I hadn’t planned to run for long, and I didn’t. I was out for 20 minutes at most and yes my pace was quite slow (not that I ever run that fast). But oh what a run. A delicious, indulgent, time-for-me, RUN. I’m glad to say that I didn’t collapse in a heap as I feared that I might do. I can’t say I found it easy but I did find it enjoyable and that’s what I love about running. That it was there, waiting for me, once I’d had my baby and felt ok enough to put on my running shoes again, like a trusty friend who you don’t have to speak to every day but who you know is always there for you. And so, I’m pleased to say, my love of running continues…

 

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your pregnancy or post pregnancy running stories if you’d like to share any in the comments below.

 

Leanne Lane

Leanne Lane and Daughter

Go Tri Something New In Leeds!

Go Tri Logo

For some time now, momentum has been growing behind triathlon. As a city, Leeds is fast becoming a hub for the sport. The construction of world class facilities, the development of the grassroots Go Tri programme to encourage new people into the sport and the success of the regions athletes all playing a significant part.

Take a look at what Go Tri has to offer in Leeds:

Go Tri Something New- Ladies beginner cycling sessions in New Wortley

Go Tri blog image 1  These sessions take place at New Wortley community centre and are targeted at beginners or those who would like to build up their confidence on a bike.

The group attending were all largely local to the Armley/ Bramley area. One lady hadn’t ridden a bike before and was a total beginner- she was keen to learn, so she was able to go out on rides with her partner. Other’s hadn’t been out on a bike for a few years and some were fairly confident riders. The ride leaders had to be really flexible in their approach to the sessions in order to accommodate all abilities.

With the support of British Triathlon we were able to access more bikes for week two and we saw the numbers increase. Over the first three weeks we’ve supported three none riders to successfully complete short rides, we’ve had women turn up with others having spoken positively about the session with their peers and you can already see the group forming friendships.

Go Tri blog image 2 Participants discussed signing up for the city ride in September and also a couple arranged to get together to the session on Monday nights at the Brownlee centre. The programme has already proved a hit with local women and with the excellent guidance from the ride leaders, introducing them to a range of different routes within easy reach of their community, the sessions are going from strength to strength.

To find out how you can get involved and for more information, visit: http://active.leeds.gov.uk/communitysport/Pages/Triathlon.aspx 

World Triathlon Series Leeds 2017

Go Tri blog image 3.png On the 10th and 11th of June, the World Triathlon Series was back in town for a second time. The event was bigger and better than before. The event village in Roundhay park went down a storm. Activity challenges, a big screen, event stalls and the odd freebie all helping to create a real family atmosphere.

Across the Leeds, in the city centre, people lined the streets to cheer on the elite and amateur athletes alike around the famous blue carpet finish in Millennium Square. Triathlon mania had definitely set in!

As the sun shone on the Sunday afternoon, some of the world’s best athletes descended on Roundhay park to tackle the unique challenge that Leeds offers. But before they’d even tipped their toes into the (Cold!) water, something extraordinary had already taken place.Go Tri blog image 5Over the course of the weekend people had come in their thousands to take on the triathlon challenge for themselves. Some were experienced triathletes, some were as young as 11 years old, some were para-triathletes, some had never been swimming in open water before and some were taking part in their first triathlon! It was quite a sight. Wave after wave of people of all ages and abilities swam, cycled and ran their hearts out. Some out to set a personal best, others just set out to finish.

Go Tri blog image 4  For some time now, momentum has been growing behind triathlon. As a city, Leeds is fast becoming a hub for the sport. The construction of world class facilities, the development of the grassroots Go Tri programme to encourage new people into the sport and the success of the region’s elite athletes all playing a significant part.

Come and be a part of it and Tri something New!

Leeds Disability Sport News – November 2016

In Leeds

  • Voting has opened for Leeds Sports Awards 2017. A new voting system is in operation for senior achievers, with a standard nomination process for the other categories. Check out the website now for further information about this and how to purchase your tickets. Nominations close at midnight Wednesday 14th
  • Para-Swimming Come and Try Session is taking place at Morley Leisure Centre on Saturday 17th December, 3.30pm to 5.30pm. If you fancy yourself as the next Paralympic swimmer then come along to the event- this is suitable for all ages and impairment groups, for swimmers who are comfortable completing 25m unaided. Please register in advance by completing the form via the link or by e-mailing by Friday 9th December: bibby@leeds.gov.uk

Outside Leeds

  • England Rugby with IMAS have developed a simple promotional guide to help explain the concept of Mixed Ability Rugby to potential clubs and committees, players (support services and carers), coaches and ‘Champions’ who have the drive to instigate and develop Mixed Ability Rugby Teams.
  • British Cycling National Paracycling Classification Assessment Day is taking place in Manchester on 26th January 2017, for bicycle, trike, and handcycle riders. All those planning to compete as a Paracyclist in 2017 who have not previously attended an assessment are required to take this opportunity in order to ease their passage to participate in next year’s domestic Paracycling competition programme. Contact Paul West for an appointment slot and more details before 10th January: paulwest@britishcycling.org.uk

Leeds Disability Sport News – September 2016

After a fantastic month of disability sport see below for some highlights and forthcoming events in Leeds and beyond:

In Leeds

  • Many congratulations to all the Leeds and Yorkshire Paralympic athletes who competed in Rio 2016. Celebrate what was a truly spectacular and memorable Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Yorkshire Athletes Homecoming Parade on Wednesday 28th September, from 5.15pm in Leeds City Centre.

 

 

 

  • BID Services New Youth Club has just started, suitable for deaf and hard of hearing children and young people aged 8-18 years plus siblings. Held every Thursday from 6pm to 8pm this takes place at the First Floor Venue, St. Peter’s Square in Leeds. For further information contact: legallienne@bid.org.uk

 

  • Visually Impaired Bowls Sessions will begin at the John Charles Centre indoor bowls centre from the 4th JCCS are working with Pennine Bowling Club to run these sessions every Tuesday from 12 noon until 2.00pm, with an introductory price of £3.20. For further information please telephone John Palmer on 01422 321771.

 

  • Wheelpower Feel Inspired Primary Sports Camp is taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport on Tuesday 11th This is a great way for children aged 6-11 with a disability to discover sport in a friendly and completely inclusive environment. For more information contact the Feel Inspired Event Officer on: ed.pearse@wheelpower.org.uk or 07922 736196.

 

 

 

  • Leeds Disability Sports Camp will next be taking place on the week beginning 24th October, during half term. There will be four venues across the city alongside a free additional adapted cycling event at Middleton Park Bike Hub. These camps are open to disabled children and young people aged 8-18 plus non-disabled siblings and friends.

 

  • Learning Disability Tennis Camp is taking place at the John Charles Centre for Sport indoor tennis centre on Saturday 12th Run in conjunction with the Tennis Foundation, this is suitable for beginners/those new to sport or looking to develop their skills. The one day camp is being led by experienced tennis coaches from JCCS.

Outside Leeds

  • RYA Sailability would like disabled sailors or boaters to complete their new questionnaire. They would like to hear from people about what attracted them to sailing in the first place, whether a friend, family or by chance, and how easy and accessible they found it to get started. The aim is to try and fully understand more about people’s experiences and perceptions about sailing as an activity for people with a disability, and is open until the 1st October.

 

  • Disability Football Development Officer vacancy is currently being advertised through the West Riding County FA. As well as supporting the delivery of the National Game Strategy in West Riding and specifically the Disability Workforce Plan, this is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a vibrant, enthusiastic and committed team at the County FA. Closing date is Wednesday 12th

 

If the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have inspired you to take up a sport or become a little bit more active, check out all the regular disability sport opportunities available in the city with the comprehensive Leeds Disability Sport Programme.

Leeds Disability Sport News – August 2016

As an exciting summer of sport continues with the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games less than two weeks away, please see below for the latest local disability sport news:

In Leeds

  • Leeds 2 Rio- Disability Sport Day is taking place on Saturday 10th September on Millennium Square. Come along to try out a range of Paralympic sports for free and watch live big screen Paralympic Games action! If you can’t make it there is also an opportunity to try disability sports from Monday 12th to Friday 16th September from 5pm to 7pm again on Millennium Square.
  • Walk, Guide, Run gives a real life experience of guide running in Leeds and how you can get involved too.
  • Leeds Disability Sport Forum is next taking place on Monday 26th September at the John Charles Centre for Sport. To attend or for further information about the forum please contact me on: bibby@leeds.gov.uk
  • Carers Leeds Bat & Chat sessions are taking place every Friday from 11am to 1pm at Carers Leeds. Table tennis can be enjoyed by individuals of any age; it is a low impact exercise and good for fitness. Recreational games take place, which provide the opportunity to meet new people for some banter and rallies. No skill or previous experience necessary. Bat and Chat is open to carers and the person they care for, and also takes place across 16 other community settings in the city.

 

Outside Leeds

  • National Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis Championships are being held once again at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton from Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 October.  Players must have competed in a minimum of one regional tournament in 2016 in order to enter (wild cards may be issued at the tournament organiser’s discretion). The National Visually Impaired Tennis Awards have also been launched. The awards are a way of celebrating the game of VI tennis for those who are blind or partially sighted and the people who help drive this game forward – volunteers, coaches and contributors to the game.
  • Push2Podium is the new drive from the Tennis Foundation to discover the future stars of wheelchair tennis and get more people playing the game.

 

Finally, we wish all the Great Britain Paralympic athletes (especially those from Leeds and Yorkshire) the best of luck in the Paralympic Games which begin on Wednesday 7th September in Rio!

Rothwell Go Tri & Junior Races

Leeds City Council, Run Leeds and British Triathlon partnered up to deliver a fantastic Triathlon event in Rothwell…

Now in its second year the Rothwell Triathlon proved an overwhelming success with the sun shining and smiles on the faces of many young people and adults taking part in Triathlon, for the very first time . Having experienced the elite racers with the likes of the Brownlee Brothers (Leeds) and Jessica Learmonth (Leeds) all competing in the World Series in June around the streets of Leeds, it was a great chance to try the sport in a fun, safe, environment locally.

The event (Triathlon) funded in part by Leeds City Councils Community committee (Outer South) saw three quality races on the day split into three age categories-

  • 7 – 10 years – 50m Swim – 800m Cycle – 400m Run
  • 10 – 14 years – 100m Swim – 3k Cycle – 1k Run
  • 14 years plus and adults (GO – Tri) – 200m Swim – 5k Cycle – 3k Run

Impressive is an understatement for some of the performances on the day, with some real potential on show with guts and determination all round to get the course completed, on what turn out to be a very hot day in Leeds.  A special mention goes to Abigail Harvey who won both the small Triathlon and the Junior Triathlon (amazing stuff!). In the GO TRI event Rob O’brien broke the course record to finish in an impressive 31m 12secs which was made even more remarkable by the fact he had a mechanical issue on the bike course.

Ben Fraser from Run Leeds commented,

“The youngsters dedicated themselves to all 3 parts of the Triathlon and didn’t let up trying their best at any point. With the run being the last challenge there was always the risk of the runners tiring but the youngsters maintained the big smiles on their faces and powered through – it was great to see so much enjoyment was clearly had!”

Rothwell-Go-Tri-Aug-2016

Race results are below:

Small Triathlon

Position Name Time Age
1 Abigail Harvey 6m 21secs 9
2 George Harvey 7mins 32secs 8
3 Charlie Pettigrew 7mins 54secs 10
4 George Painter 8mins 08secs 9
5 Martha Marjoram 8m 10secs 8
6 Finlay McNamara 8m 12secs 8
7 Rowan Lunn 8m 13secs 8
8 Nick Fish 8m 45secs 8
9 Amy Painter 8m 50secs 9
10 Daisy McNamara 8m 52secs 10
11 Josh Turton 9m 16secs 9
12 Abigail Hickman 10m 1secs 8
13 Oliver Mooney 10m 44secs 9
14 Bronwen Mansfield 11m 03secs 8
15 George Kilner 11m 55secs 9
16 Eliza Marjoram 12m 41secs 8

 

Junior Triathlon

Position Name Time Age
1 Abigail Harvey 15m 05secs 9
2 Martha Marjoram 19m 58secs 8
3 Liam Wilson 20m 30secs 10
4 Blossom Tolhurst 20m 55secs 10
5 Morgan Farquharson 21m 21secs 10
6 Jamie Farquaharson 21m 23secs 9
7 George Kilner 23m 37 secs 10

 

Go Tri Race

Position Name Time Age
1 Rob Obrien 31m 12secs  
2 Richard Middleton 36m 32secs  
3 Robert Greaves 36m 39secs  
4 Colin Render 36m 56secs  
5 Bianca Mooney 38m 43secs  

As part of the Triathlon project we run a Satellite Triathlon training group that meets each and every Tuesday at Rothwell Leisure Centre at 3.30pm and incorporates a Run, Studio Cycle and Pool based swim.

We also run the GO TRI project which introduces adults 14 plus to Triathlon more details here –  http://active.leeds.gov.uk/communitysport/Pages/Triathlon.aspx

Any enquiries about this blog should be directed to Neil Jones, Active Sports Officer – 0113 395 0186, neil.jones@leeds.gov.uk