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Sport Centre Offers Training Tips to St Luke's Midnight Walkers

Released: 02.07.15

Midnight Walk

Personal trainers gave walkers some special training tips at the University of St Mark & St John this week in advance of the St Luke’s Midnight Walk.

With registration closing in a matter of weeks, time is fast running out to sign-up for the 3, 6 or 12 mile routes which start and finish at the University of St Mark & St John Sports Centre on Saturday 18 July 2015.

Rachel Cox, a University staff team member and experienced runner, said: “Some of our team already play sport, but we didn’t understand the different ways you can train for a walk until we were put through our paces at the gym. These guys really know how to advise you on the best ways to build up your fitness and endurance gradually, and to avoid injury.”

Naomi Lang, added: “I’ve been amazed by the way St Luke’s pulls people together for great events like this and since my Granddad was cared for in his home by St Luke’s nurses, I’ve been keen to support it in whatever way possible”

Hayley Dann, Head of Fundraising at St Luke’s said: "We are really grateful for all the support that our charity receives from the University of St Mark & St John because without them, the event would not be possible. We can't wait until the night because it is going to be bigger and better than ever before!"

Kyle Moore, apprentice gym instructor, took the University of St Mark & St John team ‘Nightcrawlers’ on a walk-through of the Sport Centre gym equipment, teaching them how to do squats and lunges to build up muscle strength and stamina.

Many will be walking in memory of a loved, a special person St Luke’s cared for. Over 3,000 people received this care last year alone, with the majority of patients treated at home or by the team of St Luke’s doctors and nurses who work alongside NHS professionals at Derriford Hospital.

St Luke’s care spreads beyond the city with just as many patients receiving care in Tavistock; Dartmoor; Kingsbridge; and the South Hams, as Plymouth.

St Luke’s provide this specialist care free of charge, with limited funding from the government, the charity has to raise over £4milllion each year.

Registration for St Luke’s Midnight Walk closes on the evening of Sunday 12 July. To register online visit or call 01752 492626 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).

Sport Centre Training Tips:

  • If training on a treadmill, try different gradients to prepare for uphill and downhill
  • Take time to warm-up before a walk and point and flex the foot and ankle with rotations to help stretch and build shin muscle
  • Use a cross trainer to improve your overall cardio fitness and improve your stamina
  • Lunges and squats will help build-up muscle strength in calves and thighs
  • Build-up distance slowly and don’t walk the full distance until the day
  • Wear the correct footwear and clothing to keep you warm and dry, by checking the weather forecast and don’t try to wear new shoes on the night
  • Keep well hydrated

The experience starts before the ladies even put a toe on the start line as Senior Events Fundraiser at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, Emma Winter explains: “The ladies arrive an hour before their walk, so we always like to start the experience as soon as they arrive.

“This year we have live music from an 80s tribute band, Heart Radio’s Drive presenter Olivia compering the event and loads of entertainment and activities taking place in amongst the crowds, and that is just at the start.

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