New county-wide jogging groups start up

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A new initiative to try and encourage people to take the first steps towards getting fitter through jogging, has started up.

Jog Derbyshire’s new county-wide network of local jogging groups, led by qualified, volunteer Jog Leaders, are running special eight-week jog/walk programmes with free ‘First Steps to Fitness’ training plans. Five sessions take part in the Peaks and Dales.

• Buxton: Buxton Beginners. Wednesdays at 10.20am at Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country Park, Green Lane, Buxton SK17 9DH. Contact Emily Wilson on 07963 331222 or email Sessions are free.

• Chapel: Jog High Peak - Thursdays 9.15am at Chapel Memorial Park Rowton Grange Road, SK23 0HL. Contact Liz Stillo at or on 01663 750 640. Sessions are free.

• Darley Dale: Bright Ideas - First Steps to Fitness. Sundays at 8.30am at Darley Dale pre-school, Station Road.

Contact Catherine Bright or Kate on 07960 010924. Charge - £2.

• Matlock: Walk, Jog, Run. Park based. Every Thursday at 5pm from Hall Leys Park in Matlock. Contact Marie Widerman (07805 895979) and Becky Bryan. Sessions are free.

• Youlgrave: Jog for absolute beginners. Saturdays at 10.30am at Youlgrave Scout Hut. Contact Pete Tapping on 01629 636625. Sessions are free.