Melissa Page moved to Milford on Sea village in May last year and she has been regularly volunteering in the Community Centre Café. She would now like to use her particular skills in doing more for people in the village.
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Melissa was a lawyer for 20 years before deciding to follow her passion for fitness and retrain as an accredited personal trainer. As a fairly inactive child and young adult Melissa, in an attempt to lose weight for her wedding, took up running and quickly became a dedicated gym bunny. She has run 4 marathons, the last of which she finished in 3 hours 37 minutes (coming 10th in her age group). Before moving to Milford she used to train people privately although she hasn’t done this since moving here.
On arrival in Milford she completed her charitable fund raising commitment to run 50 kilometres every week for 50 weeks despite a prolonged knee injury. Over the last year Melissa realised how important running was, not only to her physical, but also her mental, health. At 51 she remains relatively fit and loves exercise, running & walking regularly with her husband. She is not intending to carry on with her personal training business for income but would love to help others in the community benefit both physically and mentally from regular outdoor activity and to enjoy some good company and chats with a group of like-minded people.
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So if anyone is interested in Walking for Wellness or Jogging for Joy Melissa is planning to run regular free sessions to help people of any age keep fit, as well as to have some fun social interaction doing what is generally acknowledged as a very effective health improver. The plan is to start easy, do some warm up exercises and a good stretch at the end. While the group is exercising there will be the opportunity to pick Melissa’s brains and to discuss health generally, nutrition and exercise – and of course just have a good old natter and some socialising. Followed always by a celebratory coffee at the end of the session!
Initially the group will be mainly for general walking although there will be the opportunity to incorporate some jogging for those that wish to try and if there is enough interest the groups may be split into runners and walkers.
The first session will be on Monday 19 August meeting outside The Needles cafe at 10am. The actual walk/jog will run for about an hour (covering approx. 3 miles for the walkers) with coffee and a well-earned cake and chat at the community centre afterwards. Beginners welcome and those that want to try to jog will be given some targets to reach.
Please do remember that Melissa is doing this entirely on a voluntary basis to facilitate people coming together and any participation is at people’s own risk.
For more information on the sessions of future dates please contact: Melissa Page on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07712 164310.