Macmillan Walks

Whether you’re living with or after a cancer diagnosis, physical activity can help you make a positive change to your life. Walking is an easy, cheap way of getting active and can be a positive step towards increasing wellbeing whilst also being fun.

Research shows that increasing how much we walk can lead to associated health benefits as well as promoting mental wellbeing.

To promote the importance of physical activity and how it can help people affected by cancer with their recovery, Macmillan have set up a Walking Group. The walking group provides an opportunity for everyone affected by cancer to participate in and enjoy the outdoor environment.

The group meets on the first Friday of each month at 1pm at various places in the Bolton area all year round. All you need is a pair of comfortable walking shoes.

For details of their upcoming walks, please see their Events page


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Chair Based Exercise Training

On Wednesday 23rd Aug the Get Active team delivered training to staff at Serco to enable them to lead Chair Based Exercise classes within leisure centres across Bolton.  Following the training, some instructors aim to adapt the course to deliver chair based exercises to individuals within a gym setting.  Others hope to set up new group sessions to target older frailer people or those with health conditions who are unable to exercise standing up.  The day was great fun, full of lots of creative ideas.




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Calling All Volunteers……

The Get Active Team rely on a number of volunteers to deliver some of our programmes of work.  We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals to lead short local health walks as part of our weekly programme.  In addition we have vaacancies for Cardic Rehab Buddies to support patients who are on our Phase 4 Cardic Rehab programme.

For more information on both these opportuntites please click on the link below.

Full training is given to suitable volunteers and you would be fully supported in your role by a member of the Get Active team.

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Bolton Sports Awards 2017……………………….

Nominations have now closed. An overwhelming response to what is set to be another amazing night.

The Bolton Sports Awards will be held at Premier Suite, Macron Stadium on September 15th – 6:00pm till late.

Hosted by Roger Johnson – BBC North West Tonight and BBC Breakfast Presenter with the Special Guest being the inspirational Fabrice Muamba.

Tickets can now be purchased from Decathlon Bolton store or Castle Hill Centre which will include a 3 course meal with variety of acts, games, performances, guest speaker and disco. Please note, last year the event sold out so book early to avoid disappointment!

Decathlon Bolton will be putting a range of activities on throughout the night, for you and your friends and families to be involved and entertained! Table Tennis, Basketball, Archery, Golf and many more!


As mentioned tickets will sell fast so make sure you get yourself a place and enjoy what we have in store for you!


Well done to all those who have been shortlisted. You are a credit to your club and just to be nominated shows you are highly regarded by your peers.Shortlisted nominees are:

Changing Lifestyle Recognition Award sponsored by USN Bolton Arena

Charlene Kirk
Colin Crocket
Farnworth Parents Group
Linda Hindley
Liz Hartley
Sam Mills

Club/Class of the Year sponsored by Decathlon Bolton

AFC Bolton
AFC Dobbies
All Star Sports
All Starz Children’s Workshop
Aquastars Swim Academy
Aspire Dance and Stage
BGC Cheerleading
Bolton Arena Gymnastics Club
Bolton Freestyle Gymnastics
Bolton Trampoline Club
Crossfit Primal Training
Dream Motion Dance Crew
Enjoy Running
Farnworth Ladies
Highfield Youth Morris Dancers
Horwich Hockey Club
Horwich Town Rounders Club
Hunters Cheerleading
JHBs Warriors
Lostock Family Martial Arts
One Foot on the Track
Pro Kicks / PKFA
Progressive Tots
Sally’s Rocking Rebels Majorettes
Siobhan Victoria’s School of Dance and Drama
Soccer School
Splash Stars
The Orchards Sports Club
Tri Rivington
Turton Swimming Club
Westhoughton Lions
Wheels for All Disability Cycle Club
XIXI Focus Sports Club

Coach of the Year sponsored by Nissan Bolton

Alicia-Paris Fairclough
Andrew Henderson
Charlotte Gilbertson
Chris Brady
Christa Ali
Daniel Hopkins
David Grundy
Dawn Wallbank
Emily Waddilove
Emma Thompson
Fuzail Patel
Gareth Riley
Gareth W Price
Iain Massingham
James Colter
Jamie Goulding
Jamie Holmes-Brown
Julie Alder
Lewis Clark
Lisa Davies
Matt Hamlett
Nivaldo Duarte
Paul Freary
Paul Smith
Paul Tebay
Phil Cross and Neil Macleod
Phil Richardson
Philip Rowbottom
Sandra Smith
Siobhan Gulshan
Stuart Carter
Tony Grindley

Disabled Achievement Award sponsored by Bolton Council

Emily Tate
George Baylis
Heather Bristow
Jennifer Burrow
Kyle Parkinson
Marcus Waite
Yanick Maseko

Disability Sports Achiever of the Year sponsored by Air Vaut Trampoline Park

Amy Nolan-Podmore
Dan Bird
Kiera Byland
Kyle Parkinson
Luke Batty
Megan Errington

Junior Sports Team of the Year sponsored by The Emerson Group

Academy Juniors U14s
Bolton Futsal U12s
Canon Slade Year 8 Football Team
Energy Street Team
Hart Common Junior B Golf Team
Highfield Youth Babies, Dinkies and Tinies
Junior Jaguars
Ladybridge Hurricanes U10s
Lourdes Lions FC U13s
Sacred Heart RC Football Team
Westhoughton Lions U12s Rugby League Team

Senior Sports of the Year of the Year sponsored by Agilisys

Bolton Trampoline Club Senior Sports Team
Bolton Wanderers Ladies FC
Egerton Cricket Club 1st XI
Farnworth Social Circle 1st team
Horwich Cycling Club-Cyclo-Cross Team
Horwich Hockey Club Ladies 1st Team
Sally Rocking Rebels Seniors Team

Sports Achiever of the Year sponsored by University of Bolton

Aimee Duckers
Alex Bradshaw
Charlotte Antoni
Dylan Barrett
Ethan Mayoh
Helena Flanagan
Hollie Asquith
Isabellla Merritt
Joshua Bohannon
Levi Waite
Lindsey Brindle
Mark Jackson
Matthew Rotherham
Morgan Allen
Teigan Howarth

Unsung Hero in Sport of the Year sponsored by iPro Sport

David Grundy
Steven Watson
Lynn Wells
John Dawson
Patricia Gulshan
Ray Cornell
Susan Brooks
Katie Miller

Volunteer in Sport of the Year sponsored by Carrs Pasties

Cath Jones and Paula Hamer
Catherine Croughan
Chris Rees
Darren Grimshaw
Darren Winnard
David Burdaky
David Royle
Emily Hill
Faye Anderson
Gemma Stokes
Graeme Lambert
Iain Massingham
Jamie Clark
Jeanette Taylor
Julie Smith
Kiera Byland
Laura Evans
Liz Openshaw
Mark Crowder
Rebecca Scott
Sam Corsan
Sandra Smith
Victoria Kilroy

Young Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Saville Audio Visual and Portfolio Design

Aaisha Patel
Amir Williams
Ben Gregory
Caide Ricardo
Ellie Alder
George Baylis
Isaac Randall
Jack Buckley
Jodie Scott
Joshua Waite
Kieron Blackburn
Kieron Roberts
Lewis McClaren
Morgan Plimmer
Nicole Gildert

Liam Chronnell memorial trophy for contributions to boxingIf you are interested in being a sponsor for the night, we have various sponsorship packages available. Please contact Wahid Khan on or 01204 332323

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Celebrate Diversity – Disability Sports Taster Sessions

Celebrate Diversity is an event being held in Bolton, enabling people with disabilities of all ages to participate in a wide range of sports and activities through taster sessions, all under one roof .

The event will take place on Sunday 13th August. And the best part? It’s all free!

Sports represented at the event include: Wheels for all (cycling for all abilities), Scuba Diving, Gymnastics, Basketball, Table Tennis, Golf, Boccia, Football, Tennis, Boxing, Martial Arts, Archery, Racing Wheelchairs and Swimming.

As well as trying out new sports and activities on the day, you will also have the opportunity to join these sports clubs, so you can participate on a regular basis. Not only could you get fitter and healthier, you can also meet new friends with a common interest.

Refreshments will be available on the day.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Admission
Kid Friendly

Sunday 13th August, 13:00 – 17:00

Turton Sports Centre
Bromley Cross Road,
Bromley Cross,

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Get Companies Active Triathlon

A great new event is coming to Bolton this autumn. Get Companies Active is a new concept encouraging workplace health.

On Sunday 8th Oct 2017, employees of Bolton businesses are asked to take on the Get Companies Active Triathlon.  If you are employed by a workplace either based in Bolton or has premises in Bolton, there are at least 3 people employed by the same company and you’re up for a challenge then why not sign up to the first ever triathlon team relay.

Each member of the team will take on one discipline. Swim, bike or run your way to a healthier lifestyle whilst at the same time building morale in your workplace.  For more information please visit:

The swim section of the triathlon will take place in the pool at the Jason Kenny Centre followed by the bike and run from Queens Park, Bolton.  On the day there will also be lots more fun in the form of ‘Sport in the Park’ Family Fun Day – packed full of tasty, healthy eating options, have-a-go sports, provided by local businesses to make Bolton proud!

Fun for all ages, be there or be square!


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Bolton Parkrun Takeover……………

The Health Trainers are carrying out a takeover of the Bolton Park Run event on the 5th August.

The Bolton Park Run is a 5km run and it is you against the clock. You can walk, jog or run the Leverhulme Park course, it is entirely up to you!

The Park Run is free to enter, all you need to do is go on the website, register and then turn up at Leverhulme Park for 9am with your registration barcode.


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How fast can you run 1mile?

Ramsbottom Running Club’s first ever race is over the classic distance of 1609 metres, AKA 1 mile!

Taking place on the evening of Tuesday 8th August 2017 the race will be set entirely within the stunning Nuttall Park. This is a flat, fast out & back course with runners being set off in waves based on their estimated finish time.

Sign up today and be part of history as this race is set be an annual classic.

To kick off the evening they’re also hosting a 1K Fun Run

Open to children aged 4 -15 years, all finishers will receive a medal!

Parents and Grandparents are welcome to run with their children too.

The 1K Fun Run starts at 5.30pm

The 1K Fun Run is also a UKA Licensed Event (Licence Number: 2017-29910)

For more details please visit:

Summer Mile - Ramsbottom Running Club

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Greater Manchester Walking Festival 2017 – A Huge Success

The third GM Walking Festival took place throughout the whole month of May 2017. This year’s festival included walks from a variety of themes such as travel, health, leisure, culture, history and heritage. They were delivered by range of established walking groups, community groups, local authority services and charities including many from the Get Active ‘Walk this Way’ Programme..

New for 2017 

GM Walking Festival Steering Group

Following feedback from the 2016 GM Walking Festival, a decision was taken to create a steering group which would assist with decision making and overall coordination of the festival.

The steering group members were representatives from the following groups and organisations:

  • TfGM
  • GreaterSport
  • Living Streets
  • The Ramblers
  • Walking for Health
  • Get Active Team – Bolton Council
  • Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles
  • Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP)

Walk submissions

Drawing upon the expertise of the many walking groups in Greater Manchester, organisations and walk providers were invited to submit details of any led walks which met all of the following criteria: open to the public, taking place within the Greater Manchester boundaries, running during May 2017. The groups contacted ranged from Walking for Health schemes, Local Authority services, Ramblers groups, community groups, charity groups and tourism guides.  A total of 348 walks were included in the festival programme.

Festival launch

The festival was launched at HOME:MCR on 24th April and brought together representatives from the various walking groups, sponsors, Local Authority districts and walking charities.

The launch was an opportunity for walking groups, festival supporters, health and physical activity leads, council representatives and other interested parties, to celebrate the start of the festival together. It also provided a networking opportunity for everyone to meet before the festival started.

After presentations, attendees of the launch went on a led walk around Manchester city centre courtesy of Manchester Guided Tours. This gave everyone a taster of the festival and provided a great photo opportunity which was used for the press release.

Posters and brochures

15,000 paper copies of the brochure along with 1,000 A4 posters, 2,000 A5 flyers and 3,000 A6 postcards were distributed across Greater Manchester to a variety of venues including: Visit Manchester, HOME:MCR, tourist information centres, leisure centres, libraries, community centres, doctor’s surgeries, pharmacies, hospitals, bus stations and Travel Shops. 144 A1 posters, 6 6-sheet posters and 26 landscape posters were also displayed at Metrolink station platforms throughout the network.

News coverage

In March the festival got national newspaper coverage in ‘The Telegraph’, when it featured in an article on ‘Britain’s 10 best Walking Festivals’. In April a Press Release was sent out to all local media contacts and newspapers. Also in April, Cllr Chris Paul (Walking and Cycling Champion for TfGMc) was interviewed about the Walking Festival on BBC Radio Manchester.




The below table compares the total number of groups which were involved in this year’s festival, the number of walks delivered and the number of participants on a led walk to the previous festivals.






No. of groups involved




No. of led walks delivered




No. of participants






Key findings from the participant’s surveys includes:


  • 65% of respondents are aged 60 or over
  • A gender bias is evident with 65% of respondents being female
  • 51 people are interested in being trained as a walk leader
  • 45% attended a walk in a different district to where they lived
  • Over three quarters reported to walk for both pleasure and exercise at least once a week.  However, for around 10% they either rarely or never walk for exercise; indicating that the festival has successfully motivated such activity.
  • 20% reported that they don’t exercise for the recommended 150 minutes per week, indicating that such walks are a vital means of boosting physical activity for some
  • 69% of participants said they attended a walk for physical health benefits, 56% for mental wellbeing and 28% to encourage me to walk more
  • 99% said they were very satisfied with their walk
  • 96% stated that they are likely to attend another guided walk in Greater Manchester.


Walk Leaders


Key findings from the walk leaders include:


  • 75% of walk leaders who took part in last year’s festival thought that the 2017 festival was better this year than last years
  • Over half of leaders think that there has been an increase in interest in their walking group since the festival
  • 95% think that the walking festival brochure had the greatest impact in raising awareness.
  • All (100%) say their group would be interested in taking part in next year’s festival or other TfGM walking events.


Feedback – summary


Below is a snapshot of some of the comments from the participant’s survey:


  • ‘Excellent variety of walks, friendly people, very welcoming.  Hope there will be another next year!’
  • ‘I wish to get fit and progress to Level 2/3 walks in future. I have arthritis – hips, knees, back. Exercise is good for me, so I am pleased that these walks are available for me to enjoy’
  • ‘Very impressed with the range of walks on offer’
  • ‘I have been on 4 of the walks in different areas and have enjoyed each one. I hope there will be another Walking Festival next year’
  • ‘It’s a great idea to encourage people to get active’
  • ‘I think it is an excellent idea to encourage people to get out into their local environment. For myself it’s brilliant to find other walk’.


Below is a snapshot of some of the comments from the walk leader’s survey:


  •  ‘There was a definite sense among my walkers of how good it was to have the Walking Festival again, how much they love it, and that it was ‘bigger and better’
  • ‘Looking at the brochure, this year’s event has include a wider variety of different types of walks, which was identified at one of the early planning meetings’
  • Carragh and Angela have kept everyone in the loop which has maintained everyone’s interest in the festival. Personally, I think they both show great passion and commitment for both the festival and promoting walking as a whole, and are great ambassadors for TfGM’
  • ‘We had up to 30 new people across our four walks on one of the walks and every walk on the other days had more new walkers than we would expect on a non-Festival walking day’
  • ‘We delivered 16 walks in this year’s festival and we had 290 walkers, 72 were brand new walkers to our group. We’ve never attracted so many new people before so thank you!’


For the Get Active team it was great being involved in the walking festival through the steering group as well as delivering a number of health walks.  It’s strengthened our links with other local walking groups in the Bolton area and we are now able to signpost individuals who wish to progress with their walking.  It’s a win win situation!!

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Couch to 5k…

Are you someone who has tried running but not made it to the end of the road?  Couch to 5K has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers and follow the step-by-step instructions in this free app.

Why not set yourself a target of completing Bolton’s parkrun – a free, timed 5k every Saturday 9am Leverhulme Park, Bolton.  There you’ll find loads of support, willing volunteers to cheer you on and lots of people doing a spot of run, walk run to get round!!

Happy running!

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