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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Follow in the footsteps of Operation Transformation

Olivia Ryan

Published 15/01/2014 | 05:20

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Stephen Cull, Celine Kearney, Paul Gribben and Andy Califf at the launch of the the Operation Transformation walk, which leaves Dowdallshill GFC at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 18.

THE 'Operation Transformation' 2014 national walks campaign kick off in Dundalk this weekend with a four kilometre trek from Dowdallshill GFC.

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THE 'Operation Transformation' 2014 national walks campaign kick off in Dundalk this weekend with a four kilometre trek from Dowdallshill GFC.

The walk is being organised by the Louth Local Sports Partnership, in association with the Irish Sports Council, and is inspired by the popular RTE aimed at helping people lose weight and get fit.

Dundalk's 'Operation Transformation' walk will take place at Pairc Naomh Brid, Newry Brid at 11 a.m. this coming Saturday morning, January 18, with hundreds of people expected to don their running shoes for the event.

'A key focus of the work we do is to get more people in the local community active,' said Celine Kearney, Louth Sports Partnership.

'These Operation Transformation walks are a great way to get people together for an event that suits all fitness levels,' added Celine.

Television cameras will film walkers kicking off for their 4k, and it will be screened as part of the nationwide walking campaign on the next episode of the tv show.

'We have held these walks in a few different parts of Louth over the last few years. In Ardee last year there were 270 people, so we are hoping for even more this Saturday,' said Celine.

She added that it was hoped the event would inspire those taking part to form their own walking groups

Chairman of Dundalk Town Council Eamon O'Boyle will launch the event, along with walk leader Stephen Cull.

The route will cover the Newry Road, Inner relief Road, and Castletown River walkway. All on flat terrain, it will suit people who are just starting their fitness regime, and more experienced walkers.

Karl Henry, fitness expert for Operation Transformation said 'I am a huge fan of walking to get results. It's free, accessible and it works. The Operation Transformation National Walk is a great way to get out and get active.'

For further information on the Dundalk walk, contact Celine Kearney at 93 24318.

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