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All aboard the Bury Trail and Rail!

Press release   •   Jul 26, 2016 15:34 BST

Some 86 walkers put their best foot forward to walk from Bolton Street Station in Bury to Nuttall Park in Ramsbottom, before hopping on the East Lancashire Railway to make the return journey.

The walk, named the Bury Trail and Rail, was the brainchild of I Will If You Will (IWIYW), the Bury-based fitness movement, Transport for Greater Manchester, East Lancashire Railway and Bury Council’s sport and physical activity service.

Leaving Bolton Street Station at 11am, the walkers followed the Irwell River Trail up to Summerseat station (3.3 miles) before finishing at Nuttall Park (4.6 miles).

Walkers could opt to return to Bury on the train for free from Summerseat or continue to Ramsbottom in what is hoped will become an annual event.

Councillor Catherine Preston, deputy cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Bury Council, said: “Walking is one of the most easily accessible activities on offer in Bury and we’re lucky to have so many green spaces to make the most of. The Trail and Rail was a huge success and I’d like to congratulate every walker who took on the trail, both to Summerseat and those who carried on to Ramsbottom.”

Christine, a local walker from Bury, achieved a huge personal goal on Sunday. “I have had lifelong respiratory problems and I haven’t walked that distance since I was 8 years old, and I’m 67 now!” she said. “It was with the support of the walk leaders that I felt confident enough to try walking from Bury to Summerseat and I am so proud that I did it.”

To find out more about walking in Bury, please visit: www.iwillifyouwill.co.uk/find-an-activity/a-z/Walking

ENDS

Press release issued: 26 July 2016.

Picture: Best foot forward - walkers who completed the very first Bury Trail and Rail walk from Bury to Ramsbottom.

Note to editors:

About I Will If You Will:

I Will If You Will is focused on changing women’s and girls’ behaviours towards taking part in sport and physical activity with the aim of getting more women and girls being more active, more often, and helping improve the health and wellbeing of people in Bury.

It aims to overcome the many practical and emotional barriers to being active, while encouraging women to support each other by joining the I Will If You Will community.

The Phase One campaign (2013–14) was delivered by Bury Council with £2.3 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England. For the Phase Two campaign (2015–16), Sport England has allocated a further £2 million to extend delivery.

The successful IWIYW pilot campaign identified valuable insight and helped develop the foundations for Sport England’s national This Girl Can campaign, which launched in January 2015, as well as Sport England’s practical guide to helping women and girls get active (www.sportengland.org/womenandgirls).