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Rainbow Trail helps older and vulnerable people to exercise

Date Published: 07 September 2020
Rainbow Trail

A purpose-built outdoor exercise circuit backed by Rutland County Council and Rutland GP practices is helping older and vulnerable residents improve their fitness safely. 

The new trail is designed specifically for older exercisers and those with certain medical conditions to keep fit in groups while maintaining social distancing. Launched with the support of a Lottery Community Grant fund, the trail is run by Inspire2tri, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping people of all abilities stay fit.

“We’re very happy to be able to provide this facility for older and vulnerable residents in Rutland. The trail is purpose-built for the needs of older exercisers and those with specific health conditions, allowing them to exercise in a way that’s suited to their individual needs. The idea for the Trail was conceived during lockdown and was built with extensive infection prevention in place and with social distancing integrated into the exercise format. It’s an extremely safe way to build up fitness while socialising and having fun.”
Dr Mary Hardwick, Founder of Inspire2tri  

Classes, which last one hour, cost £5 per person, and currently take place outside every day of the week at the facility in Manton village. Seated, partly-standing and dynamic circuit classes are offered to suit all levels of activity and ability.

“Inactivity in later life can be a serious issue – particularly now, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exercise can help reduce falls, depression and dementia, as well as boosting general fitness and wellbeing. Rainbow Trail is a really innovative facility that allows older and vulnerable people to get outdoors and exercise safely in groups, while reducing social isolation; something that hasn’t been possible for a while. If you’d like to get fit in a friendly, low-risk environment, please get in touch to book your place.”
Councillor Alan Walters, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health

If you’d like to join the Rainbow Trail, please get in touch in advance by calling 01572 737 185. Weekly triage sessions are offered for new participants, during which specific needs will be assessed. 

Sessions take place at The Studio Barn, St Mary's Road, Manton, LE15 8SU. Parking is available.

Classes are weather-dependent, so participants are asked to check two hours prior if a session will be going ahead. This can be done by visiting the Inspire2tri website  or by calling: 01572 737 185 and listening to the recorded message.


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