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Big Pledge is back and people of all ages and abilities can join in

Wiltshire’s Big Pledge is back for 2017 and this year’s free challenge, which encourages people of all ages to get more active, has a World Athletics Championships theme.

Melksham’s Christie Miller Sports Centre and the Blue Pool are taking part.

Wiltshire’s Big Pledge: London Calling is celebrating the World Athletics Championships coming to London for the first time this summer, with a series of challenges to help encourage individuals and teams of all ages and abilities to get active, get out and have fun.

The challenge starts on 5th June and runs right through to 30th July. People can now sign up to take part in the event and doing it as early as possible will increase their chances of achieving their goals and feeling and seeing the benefits of participating.

The aim of the challenge is to ‘collect’ all 30 countries taking part in this summer’s championships over the eight weeks by having a go at a variety of challenges including swimming, running, walking and cycling. People are encouraged to take part no matter what they feel their abilities and fitness levels are.

Carolyn Godfrey, Wiltshire Council corporate director said, “ We’ve seen over the years that Big Pledge has made a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the people of all ages who participate. We hope this year’s campaign is no different and we want to see as many people as possible have a go and see what they can achieve. “The health benefits will be fantastic but it’s always a lot of fun too. We wish everyone the best of luck.”

More than 18,000 people across the county took part in last year’s challenge, which saw those participating taking a virtual trip to Rio to mark the Olympic games.

To sign up to this year’s challenge people should visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/bigpledge. Or find more information on Facebook by searching for WiltshireBigPledge and share your progress on Twitter, using the hashtag #BigPledge.