With just over a week to go until this year's Carver Wolverhampton Half Marathon Events, people are being encouraged to enrol and enjoy the benefits of physical activity.

There is still time to register to take part in the Carver Half Marathon, Banks's 10km Run, Cousins Furniture Cycle Events, Callprint Walk In The Park or the Paycare Mini Marathon on Sunday 2 September, 2018.

Each event starts and finishes at West Park, and all proceeds will go to Give Us A Break Wolverhampton, Compton Care, Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club and the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Phil Page's chosen charities, Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre, Kingswood Trust, Good Shepherd in Need and Inspire You.

Online registration closes tomorrow (Saturday), though people can register in person from Tuesday to Friday at Carver's Building Supplies and at West Park on Saturday 1 September from 9.30am to 5pm.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "This year's Carver Wolverhampton Half Marathon Events are an excellent opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy physical activity and raise vital funds for good causes.

"The events appeal to so many different people, with something for everyone, whether you are young or old, sporty or not. As well as running, you can also hop on your bike or enjoy a walk around West Park."

Being physically active is good for both physical and mental health. It can help to prevent and manage a number of chronic conditions and diseases, including some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression, and also helps people to be more socially connected.

However, data suggests that a third of people in Wolverhampton do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week. The NHS recommends people are active for at least 2 and a half hours per week.

Councillor Malcolm added: "There are many ways in which we can be more physically active in our everyday lives, such as walking, gardening, dancing, swimming and cycling. The Carver Wolverhampton Half Marathon Events provide a variety of running, walking and cycling activities to appeal to a range of ages and abilities, and I'd encourage people to sign up today."

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  • released: Friday 24 August, 2018