Sheffield ambler’s decade stroll

Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert leads off the walk
Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert leads off the walk
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A veteran walker about to celebrate his century is among the active members of a Sheffield group marking 10 years of stepping out.

The Step Out to a Better Lifestyle walks, at Endcliffe Park in Sheffield, encourage residents to exercise and socialise in their local park to maintain their health and form new friendships.

Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert

Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert

Each week the walkers – aged from 50 to 99 – come together for an hour’s low-impact stroll, followed by a cuppa and a catch-up.

And this week the group – including its oldest member Ullrich Weigert, who turns 100 next month – raised a slice of cake and a brew to their 10th anniversary.

Tina Moore, community activity leader at Activity Sheffield, which oversees the walks, said: “We started out with around 10 walkers but now attract around 20 a week.

“It’s not just for the elderly or people with a medical condition – anyone can join in.

Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert leads off the walk

Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert leads off the walk

“It provides a great opportunity to get out of the house, enjoy Sheffield’s wonderful green spaces and make lasting friendships.

“Ullrich has been coming to the walks from the very start and is a real inspiration. He loves nature and for many years took photographs of the wildlife on the walks.

“Despite being in a nursing home he still attends every week, and walks on his own using a frame.”

The Step Out to a Better Lifestyle walks are part of a national Walking for Health scheme, originally launched by a London GP in 1999 to benefit socially isolated people and patients with medical conditions.

Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert leads off the walk

Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert leads off the walk

The Endcliffe Park walk is one of 32 health walks held throughout Sheffield.

n For more information, visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/activitysheffield

Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert leads off the walk

Walk for Health tenth anniversary - 99 year old Ullrich Weigert leads off the walk