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Success for return of ActivIpswich pentathlon to get over 50s into regular sport

PUBLISHED: 17:24 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 15 December 2017

Participants in the ActivIpswich pentathlon. Picture: MIKE MCCARTHY

Participants in the ActivIpswich pentathlon. Picture: MIKE MCCARTHY

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Dozens of over 50s took part in the return of the ActivIpswich pentathlon, which puts on sport taster sessions to get older people into regular activity and exercise in a social environment.

The ActivIpswich pentathlon last took place in February. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe ActivIpswich pentathlon last took place in February. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The challenge featured people aged 50 upwards trying their hand at pickleball – a racquet sport combining elements of tennis and badminton – yoga, squash, gymnastics and athletics, across five weeks.

The project aims to help those who don’t take part in regular sport or activity to give it a go in a space where they can make new friends and enjoy the sessions at a leisurely pace.

Mike McCarthy from ActivIpswich said: “The response to this challenge event has been brilliant.

“It really has been inspirational to see such enthusiasm and commitment to giving sport a go, particularly from people who are not usually regular sports participants.”

Call 01473 345350 to find out more about getting involved.

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