A West Norfolk borough councillor inspired by the Olympic spirit has set himself the challenge of getting fit in time to take on the Grand East Anglia Run.
Gary McGuinness, 37, from South Lynn, is keen to make sure that the borough council has done all it can to capture the sporting surge generated by last year’s London Olympics and inspire a generation.
He said: “While it is clear that there has been some improvement in attendance figures at the borough council’s leisure centre, the people of West Norfolk have not necessarily been inspired to be more active.
“I have decided to lead by example and try to lead a more active lifestyle, writing about my experiences and hopefully encourage others to take up some form of activity.”
Mr McGuinness will be writing an online column for The Lynn News, called Gary Goes for GEAR, every other week to chart his progress over the coming months.
He said: “In health terms, I would be considered obese, with a BMI of over 30 and my fitness levels are not what they once were. I play football most weekends for about an hour but other than that I don’t get a huge amount of exercise.
“At 37 years old, I am becoming more at risk of developing heart problems and with a one-year-old son want to make sure that I am fit enough to keep up with him as he grows.”
He added: “I have set myself a number of targets to work towards, the first of which will be running the 10km Grand East Anglia Run in May and this could be followed by a 50mile bike ride from Sandringham in June. In August, I hope to take on a 100km bike ride in London and a possible half-marathon in Norwich in the autumn.
“To build my fitness, I intend to run and cycle at least three times per week and will be visiting the council-run leisure centres across Lynn, Downham and Hunstanton to see what is available to help improve fitness in the area.”
Mr McGuinness’ column will be published on the Lynn News website every other Tuesday starting next week. Go to www.lynnnews.co.uk