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Active Sefton’s Couch to 5k Community Programme

Active Sefton’s brilliant couch to 5K programme gets bigger & better each year and this time it’s back at Litherland Sports Park (L21 7LA). 

This is a FREE 10 week programme designed to get participants running non-stop for 30 minutes.

The last programme ended on a high with participants running the Park Run 5k together! The next programme starts on October 2nd and runs every Monday & Wednesday at from 6-7pm.

Call 0151 934 2340 for further information, or just turn up and take part.  

WEEK 1
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.

WEEK 2
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then alternate 90 seconds of running with two minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.

WEEK 3
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then two repetitions of 90 seconds of running, 90 seconds of walking, three minutes of running and three minutes of walking.

WEEK 4
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then three minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking, five minutes of running, two-and a half minutes of walking, three minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking and five minutes of running.

WEEK 5
Workout one: a brisk five-minute walk, then five minutes of running, three minutes of walking, five minutes of running, three minutes of walking and five minutes of running.

Workout two: a brisk five-minute walk, then eight minutes of running, five minutes of walking and eight minutes of running.

Workout three: a brisk five-minute walk, then 20 minutes of running, with no walking.

WEEK 6
Workout one: a brisk five-minute walk, then five minutes of running, three minutes of walking, eight minutes of running, three minutes of walking and five minutes of running.

Workout two: a brisk five-minute walk, then 10 minutes of running, three minutes of walking and 10 minutes of running.

Workout three: a brisk five-minute walk, then 25 minutes of running with no walking.

WEEK 7
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then 25 minutes running.

WEEK 8
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then 28 minutes of running.

WEEK 9
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then 30 minutes of running.

WEEK 10
Begin with a brisk five-minute walk, then take part in a Parkrun 5K.

Full steam ahead for Maghull rail plans

 Work has begun this week on the construction of a new railway station at Maghull North, which will give increased travelling options to rail users in the area.

The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane adjacent to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.

The station is a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting demand from an adjacent new housing development which will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future. It will also offer relief for the existing station in the town.

Facilities at the new station will include:-
• Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.
• Passenger waiting facilities on platform
• Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
• 156-space car park with blue badge, motorcycle parking and cycle storage.
• Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station and bus stops on School Lane.
• Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.

The new station, which will be operated by Merseyrail, is expected to be open to the public in May 2018.
The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built. It will form part of the wider £340m investment by Network Rail and the Liverpool City Region in rail improvements over the next three years.

Network Rail are undertaking the scheme on behalf of Merseytravel, using the contractor Buckingham Group. Initial work has begun on clearing the vegetation on the existing railway cutting to allow construction work to begin.

To help progress the work further, Network Rail require two weekend “possessions”, which will see the closure of the railway between Maghull and Ormskirk on the weekends of 27-28th October and 4-5th November.

A rail replacement bus service will be in place during this period. A further possession will be required towards the end of the year, with full details to be confirmed nearer the time.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Locality Services, said:

“Now that Planning permission has been granted, it is great to see work commencing on this important piece of infrastructure promoting public transport in Maghull.”

“Not only does the new station provide some of the infrastructure needed to support our Local Plan, it also complements other transport schemes like the improvements to junction 1 on the M58 and the A59 making Sefton even more accessible.

“I look forward to the scheme progressing with the station planned to open next year.”

Fireworks spectacular to light up the skies

A Breathtaking Japanese fire show will open the 2017 British Musical Fireworks Champion of Champions Show later this month in Southport.

Seven of the very best pyrotechnic display teams ever to feature in the British Musical Fireworks Championship will go head-to-head for a special ‘Champion of Champions’ themed competition over three nights in the popular resort.

And to wow the thousands of spectators even more, a scorchingly fascinating pre-show display has this week been confirmed to launch each night’s competition.
Liverpool based ‘Bring the Fire Project’ are set to bring their unforgettable Japanese Fire Show to Victoria Park from September 29 to October 1

They will light the way for an action packed three days of pyrotechnic wonderment as seven previous winners vie it out to be crowned the ultimate ‘Champion of Champions.’

Two teams will wow the crowds on Friday, three on Saturday and two more on Sunday with the winning display announced later that evening.

Gates open each night at 6pm, with the ‘Bring the Fire Project’ starting their display at 7pm.

The impressive fireworks scheduled to start at 8pm each night.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “The British Musical Fireworks Championship really is an amazing event and one which has lit up the skies of Southport since 1999!

“It’s an event that would not be possible without the continued support of Sefton Council.

“To celebrate the Champion of Champions event with the fantastic addition of ‘Bring the Fire,’ will give thousands of spectators and truly unforgettable experience.

“Crowds from all over the North West attend the event at Victoria Park and ticket sales have yet again been very strong in the lead up to this year’s event.

“Local businesses really benefit from the added footfall to the town over the weekend and I am looking forward to seeing the quality of displays on show this time round.

“If you are thinking of attending please try and get tickets in advance to avoid missing out, Saturday seated tickets have already sold out.”

Tickets are still available for all three nights starting from £5.50.

For further details and to book tickets head to www.visitsouthport.com.

Soaring success for the Southport Air Show

This Weekend saw Southport skies filled with the roar of jet engines and the sparkle of pyrotechnics. This year the Air show was extended to cover Friday evening, this enabled the many spectators to line Southport beach as the sky above was lit up by an array of fireworks, planes and the typhoons scorching afterburner.

 Over the course of the weekend thousands flocked to the Air Show to see a great flying programme that included The Lancaster Bomber, Sally B, and many more, both days came to a close by the mighty thunder of the Typhoon.

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “The Southport Air Show has been another amazing event in what has been an outstanding year for the resort and the whole borough. The fireworks on Friday evening were really special and gave the event a new twist.

 “Thousands of visitors attended the resort over the two days which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town, this wouldn’t have been possible without Sefton Councils hard work and dedication to bring these exceptional events to our borough.”

 “The displays were incredible and an amazing experience for everybody in attendance. We already can’t wait for next year’s Air Show which will take place slightly earlier than normal from July 6-8, 2018.”

 Remember The British Musical Fireworks Championship take place on September 29/30 and October 1. The event will see 7 previous champions battle it out for the Champion of Champions crown, tickets now on sale from £4.50 at visitsouthport.com.

Free Blood Pressure Testing for Sefton residents as part of Know Your Numbers! Week

Sefton Council and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging local residents to get their blood pressure checked for free as part of Know Your Numbers! Week. This is the UK’s biggest free blood pressure testing event held at ‘Pressure Stations’ around the country from September 18-24.

Shockingly, 30,0001 people in Sefton have high blood pressure and don’t know. High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms but it is linked to at least 50% of all strokes and heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia.

Some pharmacies across Sefton will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and will measure your blood pressure accurately. A blood pressure check is quick, free, painless and could save your life. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use a home testing kit.

This year, Blood Pressure UK cautions that a poor diet and excess salt intake is leading more young people to develop high blood pressure putting them at risk of having an early stroke. Help to stop stroke and other illnesses by knowing your numbers just like you know your height and weight.

Figures show the proportion of strokes in working age people (those aged 25 to 64) has increased from 16.91% to 17.94% between 2013-2016 despite an overall drop in the number of strokes. Blood Pressure UK is urging people, regardless of age, to check their blood pressure as part of Know Your Numbers! Week.

Key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related such as eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight and not taking enough exercise.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, said:

“The message to people is to take charge of their health and get their blood pressure checked. Blood pressure is one of the most preventable and treatable conditions but remains one of the leading causes of death. As an individual having your blood pressure checked is the most important step that you can take to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“It’s so important to get regular blood pressure checks and this week and throughout the year we remind people to do so. The fact that you can pop into some of Sefton’s pharmacies for a free test is ideal so we do hope Sefton residents take up this opportunity.

“Blood pressure can be lowered by changes to your lifestyle and if necessary taking medication as directed by your doctor. Your pharmacist can advise you following your test if you need to take further action.”

Some pharmacies in Sefton will be offering free blood pressure checks, to find your nearest pressure station please visit: http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/microsites/kyn/Home/Freebpchecks/Findfreecheck

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