Portsmouth walkers are awarded for completing 100 walks

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David Curwen, centre, hugs his mother with whom he wa sreunited. Completing the group is his brother Keith

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KEEN walkers have been given awards for completing 100 treks around the city.

The nine Portsmouth residents took part in a scheme run by Portsmouth City Council, which is aimed at encouraging people to get involved with exercise.

Each of the award-winners was given a certificate and baskets of fruit from the council, at HMS Warrior in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to mark their achievements.

Paula Day, the council community development officer who runs the walks, said: ‘These people started doing our healthy walks for all sorts of reasons. One was out of work, one had been recently bereaved, one had just retired, and another started for health reasons.

‘They’ve all found that walking is an easy way to get a bit fitter and to meet new people. You get out in the fresh air and give your spirits a lift.’

There are 15 routes throughout Portsmouth which take place throughout the year. They are all free. For more information call (023) 9268 8390 or see portsmouth.gov.uk