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Hereford gets set to party as the first community games get underway

As community games begin to spring up across the UK inspired by London 2012 Olympics, Hereford’s first big event is being planned.

Party on the Path is a festival of food, fitness and fun, all linked into the first phase of Herefordshire Council’s personal travel planning project: a Department for Transport-funded initiative that aims to help people to save money and get fit by including active travel into their daily routines.

Party on the Path takes place on 21 April 2012 on two city sites: Widemarsh Common and Redhill Playing fields along the National Cycle network.

The day’s partying will begin at noon and go on until 6pm. The council is looking for community groups, businesses or local residents who want to take part in the event by running a stall, volunteering to help, or even fielding a team. Lots of activities are on the fun, fitness and food menu for the day with something for everyone from zumba and belly dancing to football, fun runs, cycle races and skateboarding.

Councillor Roger Phillips, cabinet member for enterprise and culture, said: “This promises to be a great day out and we hope families will join in the fun.  We can all be inspired by the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship. We have a chance to do this everyday and show it, particularly in how we choose to move about the city.

“The personal travel planning project aims to help people do their bit to cut city congestion.  We are hoping our party on the path will encourage and inspire people to make healthier choices when travelling around the city.  Most of all, we want to bring families together and have some great fun.”

Andrew Blackman speaking on behalf of the Wye Valley Runners committee added, “Wye Valley Runners are very pleased to be a part of  this community games event and hope that more sports and community groups will join us to make it a super fun day for everyone involved.”
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