Run off those festive pounds

Running coach Luke Adams is setting running challenges around South Tyneside
Running coach Luke Adams is setting running challenges around South Tyneside

PEOPLE looking to kickstart 2015 by embarking on a new healthier lifestyle are being given a helping hand.

Fitness coach Luke Adams is calling on people to sign up to his monthly mile events as he prepares to mark the first year since launching his venture.

The event, which sees people run a mile from Sea Road along Bents Park Road, on the first Tuesday of every month, regularly has about 70 people taking part. It has also been nominated for a number of national awards.

Mr Adams, 26, from Tarragon Way, South Shields, said: “When I first started the monthly mile I thought it would just be some of my mates just coming along and giving it a shot, but then I had people registering who I didn’t even know.

“It is just unbelievable how it has grown.

“I never thought it would get so big, we now have hundreds of people registered.

“I think why it has become so popular, is that it is just a great place to start if you are looking for a way to kickstart a healthier lifestyle.

“Parents can also run with their children – so the whole family can take part.”

“People have also made friends and often meet up to go for runs together.”

The Monthly Mile is a timed one-mile run for all levels of ability. It is split into three starting packs – beginner, intermediate and advanced.

Entry to the run is £12 for the year. However, people can pay as they go – adults are £2.50, children £2, which includes an adult to supervise. The next run will take place on Tuesday, January 6.

Runners wanting to take part should meet at the Sand Dancer pub in Sea Road, at 6.30pm.

People need to pre-register ahead of the event by visiting website themonthlymile.co.uk, regardless whether they are signing up for the year or paying as they go.

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In the running for award

The Monthly Mile that attracts more than 70 people to South Shields seafront each month, has been shortlisted for a national accolade.

The event, created by fitness enthusiast Luke Adams, is one of 12 events vying for the top spot at The Running Awards. The ceremony, in association with everydayhero, will be held at the 02 in London in April.

People have until the beginning of April to vote.

Voting is free, the only details required are a name and email address. Anyone who would like to vote can do so by visiting http://therunningawards.com