A nurse has rediscovered his love of running through a scheme urging more older people to improve their fitness.
Ray King, aged 50, was a keen runner in his 20s, but later gave up the pastime after picking up a sporting injury.
However, now Ray is enjoying exercise again since joining the Jog Eckington scheme – and says he has even managed to shed two stones in weight.
The medical worker said: “It’s very different from an athletics club – it’s very safe and supportive.
“There’s such a range of people.
“I started running to get healthy, but I picked up a niggly injury and put on a bit of weight. Sporadically, I would start running again for a few months but it would never last, it was never consistent.”
Jog Eckington is part of a Derbyshire-wide network of jogging groups, led by qualified volunteer leaders.
Ray said: “I’m still on the heavier side – I like my food – but I’ve lost two stone in the past year and my plan is to keep the weight coming off gently and naturally.
“The support and fun we have on club night helps me to keep focused the rest of the week.
“It gives me the boost of consistency to get out and the fact there are a few people who are a bit faster than me gives me a bit of an incentive.”
Cathy Rooney, project manager, said: “We’d like to focus our efforts on recruiting less active people who’ve not jogged before and also encourage older people to start jogging or return to running.”
n For details, visit www.activederbyshire.co.uk/jog