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REAL Fitness: Photo competition celebrates all kinds of fitness and movement

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THIS YEAR’S National Fitness Day on Wednesday Sept 25, the leading health and wellbeing app, MINDBODY ran a competition to celebrate all kinds of fitness and movement.

Having asked the nation to submit images of them attempting a certain exercise in all their sweaty, red-face glory, MINDBODY can reveal the winning entry alongside 12 runners-up.

The competition winner, Laura Pocock submitted an image of herself and five-year-old son spending quality time together whilst doing yoga.

Runners Up

Charlotte Pettitt – I’m a mum of 4 beautiful children so I don’t get much me time nor do I get time to go to the gym. So, I strap my mini me to my back and we go out on long walks with our pooch, Toby.
Paulina Doherty – Cycling, Tour de Pologne.
Peter Cardona – I took up yoga at the age of 50 after competing as a weightlifter for many years and fell in love with it so much that I decided to do study it and do a course to become an instructor. I now teach three times a week and feel more invigorated than ever from my practice.
Suzanne Drummond – My 45 minute daily cardio.
Kay Broomfield – Just started personal training a couple of weeks ago to get my body back after baby no. 3 last Christmas. I’m 42 now and it’s HARD! This is me in the middle of a clean & press…

Jo Taylor – This is me doing a burpee jump. I usually exercise at home in the morning as I can do this before the school run and work. After suffering migraines and being unfit for years, I decided last year to make a change. I followed a program of healthy eating and exercise and I lost 2.5 stone. My health and state of mind has improved immeasurably, it has been life changing in so many ways. Exercising at home has been the key to my consistency.
Stephen Lewis – Found a great activity park on holiday in Turkey and visited every day.
Benita Davies – Silent Zumba at Canbury Gardens, Kingston upon Thames, August 2019.
Tina Glover – I am running down the end line of my first attempt at a half marathon in Garstang last week. I couldn’t run to the end of my street 12 months earlier!
Susan Pointon – I’m attempting for the very first time using a yoga trapeze. It seemed like a good idea at the time to winch it from a tree in the woods, turned out to be more difficult to do than I anticipated.
Susan Johnson – Downward dog.
Sue Clarke – Cycling around the Italian lakes this May with my husband. First holiday married.

In light of the competition, a spokesperson from MINDBODY, says: “When it comes to exercise, it’s the ‘trying’ element that matters most. We’re aware many people lead very busy lives and with work and personal commitments, spending hours in the gym sometimes isn’t feasible.

“We ran this competition to celebrate all kinds of fitness and movement, no matter how big or small they may be. From planks, to downward dogs and even exercising with children, each entry showcased the different exercises people attempt/do to stay fit and healthy. I’m sure many people will find the images very relatable.”

To find out more about MINDBODY, go to: https://uk.mindbodyonline.com/get-the-app

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Lottery win for local neighbours

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Two people in Ferryside are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The  neighbours netted the windfall when SA17 5YP was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Wednesday 8th April 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “Congratulations to our winners! What a great surprise for them, I hope they enjoy their winnings.”

A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.

This draw was promoted by Maggie’s which has received over £16.1 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Maggie’s runs a network of cancer support centres across the country. These centres bring people together to help combat the isolation and distress that often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.

Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can next apply for funding in August.

For more information onPeople’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk or Facebook  and Twitter.

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Scarlets’ grassroots clubs show community spirit in delivering vital food packages

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Scarlets community clubs have been working together to help deliver vital food packages across the region.


Volunteers from grassroots clubs and WRU girls hubs across Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have been helping take the food packages to vulnerable members of society who are self-isolating during the Covid-19 pandemic.


The clubs have teamed up with the Scarlets Community Foundation — the charity arm of the Scarlets — and Carmarthen-based food wholesaler Castell Howell, while Scarlets players Osian Knott, Kieran Hardy, Ryan Conbeer and Jac Morgan have also lent their hand to the operation.


More than 300 packages were due to be delivered on Monday and Tuesday (April 6 & April 7), with the initiative highlighting that even without any action on the field, rugby clubs remain at the heart of their community.
Scarlets Community Foundation manager Caroline Newman said:  “We have been overwhelmed with the support that we have received from local clubs, the number of people prepared to volunteer to help the most vulnerable in our communities has been touching.


“People’s reasons for requesting packs have often been heart-wrenching and it really has made us appreciate what we have.


“The foundation has worked closely with Castell Howell to make sure the packages are ready to go to those whose need is greatest, managing to turn things around pretty quickly and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, our funder, Castell Howell, all the clubs, our helpline volunteer and the foundation members.
“Great teamwork which has made me proud to be part of the fantastic community that rugby creates.”

Here are the rugby clubs and WRU girls rugby hubs taking part in the initiative

Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Amman Utd, Ammanford, Burry Port, Betws, Bynea, Cardigan, Cefneithin, Felinfoel, Fishguard & Goodwick, Furnace Utd, Haverfordwest, Kidwelly, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llandybie, Llanelli Wanderers, Llangennech, Llangwm, Merched Mynydd Mawr, Milford Haven, Narberth, New Dock Stars, Newcastle Emlyn, Neyland, Penybanc, Pontyates, St Clears, Stradey Sospans, Tenby Utd, Tumble, Tycroes, Whitland, Yr Hendy.

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First two cases of coronavirus in Carmarthenshire confirmed

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THE FIRST two cases of coronavirus have been found in Carmarthenshire, the Welsh Government announced today.

The two patients in the Carmarthenshire local authority area had recently returned together from northern Italy.

It comes as the Hywel Dda Health Board which serves the area opened two centres to test for coronavirus, one in Cardigan and one in Carmarthen.

The health board announced it had opened the testing centres to “help protect the health of our communities”, while also saying that centres could be opened in other areas across the health board.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton, confirmed that a total of nine patients in Wales had tested positive for coronavirus (COVID -19) today, bringing the total to 15.

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