Cool Running

Young people are being given the chance to have a go at one of the latest exercise crazes when free-running sessions come to County Durham.

Parkour, the art of using effective and efficient jumps, vaults, climbing and swinging to conquer obstacles, is similar to free-running sport which has seen a surge in popularity recently and improves strength and endurance as well as teaching patience and persistence.

New sessions for 11 to 18-year-olds will be delivered in a safe and secure environment for beginners and will teach young people how to practice the sport safely. Durham County Council has secured Sportivate funding, a London 2012 legacy project, to deliver the sessions throughout County Durham.

Sessions start this month and will run for eight weeks:

Tuesday, January 28, Dene Community School, Peterlee, 5.00pm until 6.00pm.

Wednesday, January 29, Spectrum Leisure Complex, Willington, 5.00pm until 6.00pm.

Thursday, January 30, Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, 5.00pm until 6.00pm.

It’s £1.50 per session at each of the three venues. To indicate your interest in attending the sessions or for any further information please contact 07904197861.