Let's Get Moving Champions Blog

Our Let's Get Moving Champions keep us up-to-date by sharing updates on how they are staying active and looking after their wellbeing.

We are advocates for being active in a way that works for you, so we hope that the personal stories of our Champions, and some of their top tips, might inspire you to try something new. Follow along on their journey to hear about their successes, challenges, and what they enjoy most about being active.

Posted: Tue, 7 May 2024 03:22 by Miss Demelza Hall

Let’s get walking

Let’s get walking

I've been so excited for National Walking Month and it hasn't disappointed. Active Together and all the councils are putting some great walks on through... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2024 08:09 by Michael Whapples

What I like about yoga

Michael doing yoga in crow pose

This last couple of weeks yoga has been the main activity I have been doing. I thought I would write a little about what I like about yoga and why it forms... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 13:15 by Kelly Wright

A Busy Weekend of Swimming for Evie!

A Busy Weekend of Swimming for Evie!

Evie has had a very busy weekend of swimming. On Saturday, she took part in the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Swimming Championships in Alfreton. She finished... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 25 Mar 2024 11:19 by Andrew Harris

parkrun pilgrimage, half marathon hiccup and volunteer vibes

parkrun pilgrimage, half marathon hiccup and volunteer vibes

Winter has whizzed by in a flash and the Spring season is just around the corner bringing plenty of colour, optimism and opportunities for an active April, and more movement in May ! Read More »

Posted: Sun, 10 Mar 2024 14:35 by Miss Jasmine Bannister

Many opportunities for Mums to get active!

Many opportunities for Mums to get active!

We are two months into 2024 and it has definitely been an amazing year of Mum meet ups for Moving Mums! Read More »

Posted: Wed, 7 Feb 2024 12:48 by Pauline Young

Walking Netball Fun!

Walking Netball Fun!

The Walking Netball Loughborough Ladies Group has gone from strength to strength. Read More »

Posted: Thu, 25 Jan 2024 09:51 by Miss Demelza Hall

Winter floods

Winter floods

I volunteer for the Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre and in January, the centre flooded. It was the worst it has flooded in 50 years, causing damage to... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 23 Jan 2024 14:35 by Heidi Elliott

Dragging myself out

Dragging myself out

Recently, I've been struggling with confidence with my running so I've taken a step back and trying to work on a faster walking pace rather than worrying... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 15 Jan 2024 14:02 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

A great start to what is going to be an exciting year

A great start to what is going to be an exciting year

Disability Bowls England Ann Trotman Singles Competition at Gedling and District Indoor Bowls Club Nottingham. Read More »

Posted: Mon, 8 Jan 2024 12:11 by Miss Jasmine Bannister

Moving Mums

Moving Mums

As a first time Mum, I fully understand the struggles of being able to exercise whilst looking after a baby. It's a challenge! As soon as I was pregnant,... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 18 Dec 2023 10:21 by Hayley Smitham-Hopewell

Early morning exercise to clear the mind

Early morning exercise to clear the mind

November was hard, I'm not going to lie.

I went in, headstrong, I'd loved October. The colours and the change in weather, it was all going so well.

It started... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 27 Nov 2023 14:30 by Heidi Elliott

Same exercise, different location.

Same exercise, different location.

Recently, I had the opportunity to explore Exeter. I attended a 4 mile guided walk on their Green Circle walk. Seeing a city from its green space was a... Read More »

Posted: Sun, 26 Nov 2023 17:43 by Miss Chloe Beniston

One Step at a Time

One Step at a Time

Starting a women's only walking group was a scary opportunity, but one that I'm glad I said yes to!

Suffering with your mental health is never an easy battle,... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 14 Nov 2023 14:47 by Heidi Elliott

Getting outside in Charnwood

Seagrave Challenge

Seagrave Challenge is a 16 mile run/walk around the Charnwood area - this year the course covered Hoby, Thrussington, Shoby and Ratcliffe along roads and... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 13 Nov 2023 16:54 by Mark Ingham

I really want to cycle, are the roads too busy?

Where will you go?

You want to cycle but are worried about the roads? A fair question that can be answered and get you out there with confidence.

We can all be off road, perhaps... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 10 Nov 2023 16:05 by Miss Jasmine Bannister

Keeping fitness fun!

Keeping fitness fun!

A huge part of my life is now my community fitness classes (I almost can't remember life without them!) and I believe attending group fitness classes are... Read More »

Posted: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:53 by Andrew Harris

Sence (ing) a change

Sence (ing) a change

Thirteen years ago i was given the opportunity by my then employer, North West Leicestershire District Council, to set up the area's first parkrun. At... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 23 Oct 2023 15:13 by Miss Demelza Hall

Enjoying autumn

Enjoying autumn

I love the great outdoors and my children (ages 17 and 25) have also grown to do so too. Two weeks ago, we went to North Wales for the weekend.

We explored... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 17 Oct 2023 11:28 by Mrs Claire Potter

New toy to be seen on night runs

New toy to be seen on night runs

Running at night- need to light up Read More »

Posted: Thu, 5 Oct 2023 19:01 by Miss Jasmine Bannister

Finding my fitness routine as a first time Mum!

Finding my fitness routine as a first time Mum!

I have always exercised and love to work out! When I had my daughter back in April, I wondered how I would fit it into my schedule. To my surprise, it... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 22 Sep 2023 19:07 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

My first England Cap

My first England Cap

My first England Cap v Scotland in Ayr Read More »

Posted: Fri, 22 Sep 2023 18:57 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

My First England Cap

My First England Cap

My first England Cap v Scotland in Ayr playing for the Bob Love test match trophy Read More »

Posted: Sun, 9 Jul 2023 19:56 by Mrs Claire Potter

Don’t be afraid to make a splash

Don’t be afraid to make a splash

Have a go at an activity even if your brain tells you that you can't do it - what's the worse that can happen Read More »

Posted: Mon, 12 Jun 2023 15:26 by Mrs Claire Potter

Make a pledge to yourself

Make a pledge to yourself

Make a pledge to do something weekly for yourself over the summer Read More »

Posted: Sun, 16 Apr 2023 16:24 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

What a great feeling, makes you want to win more.

What a great feeling, makes you want to win more.

Since qualifying for the EIBA National Finals held at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Club in the Disability Bowls England National Pairs Competition I've been looking forward to this day. Read More »

Posted: Sun, 5 Mar 2023 19:17 by Mrs Claire Potter

Trying something I’ve not done for years

Trying something I’ve not done for years

I had an opportunity to join a new class- something I'd not done since my late 20's at nearly 50! Read More »

Posted: Mon, 6 Feb 2023 16:44 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

Tomorrow's another day with new opportunities so never give up.

Tomorrow's another day with new opportunities so never give up.

From the big disappointment of not being selected for the England high performance squad to qualifying for the National England Indoor Bowls Association held at Nottingham IBC. Read More »

Posted: Fri, 23 Dec 2022 12:27 by Mrs Claire Potter

Taking a dip to support a friend

Taking a dip to support a friend

My friend signed up to do a dip for cancer research in cold water, I wanted to support her Read More »

Posted: Thu, 8 Dec 2022 17:43 by Katie Ricketts

Anything is possible

Anything is possible

I can't believe how excited I am! I've got a place to run in the 2023 London Marathon in April. Read More »

Posted: Sun, 4 Dec 2022 20:22 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

The highs and lows playing in a bowls competition. Part 2

The highs and lows playing in a bowls competition. Part 2

Playing in the DBE Maiden Singles Competition at Gedling and District indoor bowls club Nottingham. Read More »

Posted: Sun, 4 Dec 2022 18:44 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

The highs and lows in bowls competition. Part 1

The highs and lows in  bowls competition. Part 1

Saturday 3rd December I played in the Disability Bowls England Maiden Singles Competition at Gedling and District indoor bowls club Nottingham. Read More »

Posted: Wed, 16 Nov 2022 21:21 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

It's a funny life

It's a funny life

It's a funny life and how quickly it can change my life was going along not really anything special then 8 years ago it changed in a remarkably painful way. Read More »

Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2022 10:52 by Mrs Claire Potter

Night 10km walk

Night 10km walk

Did something a bit different and enjoyed the challenge Read More »

Posted: Thu, 3 Nov 2022 21:28 by Katie Ricketts

Run Leicester 10k

Run Leicester 10k

I am feeling good this week! Since I started being active at the age of 41, I've tried to enter some local runs to have a goal to aim for. Read More »

Posted: Sun, 25 Sep 2022 20:17 by Katie Ricketts

A day volunteering at the Nottingham Robin Hood half marathon and mini marathon

A day volunteering at the Nottingham Robin Hood half marathon and mini marathon

I've run in both these events before, but this year I decided it was time to give something back and volunteered to help marshal the race. Read More »

Posted: Sun, 4 Sep 2022 22:58 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

The highs and lows of playing in a sport you love.

The highs and lows of playing in a sport you love.

The highs and lows of playing in a sport you love, 3 finals and a last away game of the outdoor season at a new club for me to visit. Read More »

Posted: Mon, 29 Aug 2022 20:27 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

My bowls life gets better and better

My bowls life gets better and better

My bowls life gets better and better but not without alot of hard work and support. Read More »

Posted: Sun, 7 Aug 2022 22:59 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

A great weekend of bowls. Part 2.

A great weekend of bowls. Part 2.

Second day of the bowls tournament in Nottingham Read More »

Posted: Sun, 7 Aug 2022 22:35 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

What a great weekend of bowls. Part 1.

What a great weekend of bowls. Part 1.

A wonderful weekend of bowls in Nottingham and I got my classification at last. Read More »

Posted: Tue, 2 Aug 2022 20:50 by Katie Ricketts

Out of my comfort zone!

Out of my comfort zone!

I have always been a very anxious person and someone who finds it hard to try anything different, always thinking I will fail. Read More »

Posted: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 20:09 by Samantha Heap

Be More Diane

Be More Diane

Over the past few weeks I have experienced so many physical and mental effects of grief that have affected my motivation to keep active. The tiredness, the sadness, the physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, body aches. Read More »

Posted: Tue, 19 Jul 2022 22:00 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

Disability Bowls England National Pairs Competition

Disability Bowls England National Pairs Competition

Semi-final heartache in the DBE National Pairs Competition Read More »

Posted: Mon, 11 Jul 2022 15:34 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

Market Overton Outdoor Bowls Club Gala Day

Market Overton Outdoor Bowls Club Gala Day

A beautiful sunny day for the Market Overton Outdoor Bowls Club Gala Day, with 18 teams trying to win, it's going to be lots of fun. Read More »

Posted: Wed, 6 Jul 2022 21:54 by Katie Ricketts

Just keep on walking ….

Just keep on walking ….

In June I took part in two organised long distance walks, one with my daughter and one with my husband. Read More »

Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 11:50 by Mrs Claire Potter

Foxton Trot 2022

Foxton Trot 2022

I have done something outside my comfort zone and with the support of my friends I have done it ! Read More »

Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 10:49 by Amelia Morris-Payne

Just pushed over 2000 miles this year

Just pushed over 2000 miles this year

So last week I went over 2000 miles this year 🚴‍♀️ Read More »

Posted: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 23:31 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

Dreams do come true Part 2

Dreams do come true Part 2

Part 2 of the great 3 days when my bowling dream came true and I kept a promise to my Pairs partner and great friend. Read More »

Posted: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 20:21 by Mr Colin Wagstaff

Dreams do come true Part 1

Dreams do come true Part 1

A weekend my dream came true playing the sport I love .Part 1 Read More »

Posted: Fri, 10 Jun 2022 12:32 by Samantha Heap

Fitness for All

Fitness for All

So apparently June is going to go as quickly as the rest of the year! Read More »

Posted: Fri, 3 Jun 2022 16:54 by Katie Ricketts

Get yourself a goal

Get yourself a goal

I've been enormously proud to go out and about in my Active Together Champion hoodie. It's a visible reminder of the fact in the last 15 years or so I have transformed my mental and physical health by getting active in ways that I can and in ways that I enjoy. Read More »