On your marks for Sheffield city’s Cardiac Olympics

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SHEFFIELD is to host the city’s Cardiac Olympics for the fourth year running.

The event, at Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen, is open to anyone over the age of 50 and is aimed at raising awareness of coronary heart disease and promoting the importance of exercise to sufferers of the disease.

Around 100 competitors are set to take part in the event next Friday.

Sheffield Lord Mayor John Campbell and former Premiership football referee Uriah Rennie will be attending.

Competitors will take part in a range of physical activities including a low intensity fitness class and low impact, non-competitive sporting events.

Sheffield International Venues, which runs Concord Sports Centre, has teamed up with Concord Heart Support Group to organise the event.

David Birds, group exercise referral manager for SIV, said: “Shiregreen is an area of Sheffield with significantly higher rates of hospital admissions for coronary heart disease than the city average.

“The Cardiac Olympics is about educating people about the dangers of coronary heart disease during National Heart Month and inspiring them to get fit and healthy for the long term in a fun, friendly and non-competitive way.

“This will be the fourth year we have hosted the event and it keeps getting bigger and better.”

Stalls run by health professionals will offer advice on healthy living, blood pressure checks and information on ways to prevent heart problems from 10am.

The games begin at 12.30pm.

Admission is £2 and goes towards Concord Heart Support Group and the British Heart Foundation.