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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Gallery: A slick operation

Published 22/01/2014 | 05:20

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The Matthews family from Castlebellingham braving the elements to take part in the ‘Operation Transformation’ walk.
Kevin and Mary Donovan, Glenwood.
Alanna White takes shelter from the rain.

Despite the heavy rain over 240 people of all ages turned out last Saturday for the Louth Operation Transformation Walk.

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The walk, which was organised by Louth Local Sports Partnership, started off from Dowdallshill GF and AC. The 4km walk was led by Stephen Cull and everyone completed it at their own pace.

RTÉ's Operation Transformation teamed up once again with the Irish Sports Council and Local Sports Partnerships by organising the national walks which took place in in 42 locations all around Ireland, the highest number to date.

John Treacy, CEO of the Irish Sports Council, said 'We encourage people that are not walking on a regular basis to do so and to invest in their own health and well-being.'

The Irish Sports Council National Trails Unit has over 650 trails registered to help keep you walking throughout the year. Visit the www.irishsportscouncil.ie for further information.

Many people do not realise it but physical inactivity is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. At least 30 minutes of physical activity at a moderate intensity, such as brisk walking, five days a week will keep your heart strong, improve muscle strength and make you feel good. Walking is a fun, social way for people to get fit and stay fit, as part of a healthier lifestyle.

Cllr. Eamonn O'Boyle, Chairman of Dundalk Town Council, who launched the walk, said that the Sports Partnership would like to see everyone continue with a walking programme. See getirelandwalking.ie for tips on starting walking or setting up a group in your area.

Follow on walking programmes will be available through the Louth Local Sports Partnership see www.louthlsp.ie for details or contact Celine on 042-9324318.

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