The chance for all to get involved in the 2012 Games is coming to Merseyside and Cheshire thanks to a Mersey Forest health and fitness project that has been awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark.
The Inspire programme brings the benefits of the 2012 Games to every part of the UK, giving millions the opportunity to participate as never before.
Within Merseyside and Cheshire, The Mersey Forest Partnership will create a series of circular 'ring routes' in local community woodlands to help people keep fit and enjoy nature - potentially including the following sites:
Cheshire West and Chester
>> Northwich Woodlands, the emerging Forest Park just north of the town centre.
>> Halton Local Nature Reserve, Dorchester Park.
>> Stadt Moers Park between Whiston and Huyton.
>> Sefton Park and at Mab Lane, the new community woodland in West Derby.
>> Formby's coastal pinewoods.
>> Bold Forest Park, the cluster of woodlands centred around Sutton Manor.
>> Risley Moss Local Nature Reserve in Birchwood.
The routes, dubbed 'Running Rings', will give residents and visitors inspired by London 2012 the chance to get involved with opportunities right on their doorstep. The Running Rings will provide a place for green exercise as well as a way to get involved in planting trees with communities and schools to provide a long term legacy for London 2012.
Partners in The Mersey Forest including the Forestry Commission, Cheshire West and Chester and the area's other local authorities have all shown strong interest in the project as it moves to its next exciting stage of development, with Running Rings locations being finalised.