Follow flame and get fitter

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Buxton’s seen the flame – so now’s the time to burn the calories, say Olympics officials who are keen to get the nation fitter.

Following the Olympic Torch even now it has left the town can inspire you to be more active

The Follow the Flame Challenge 2012 connects to the live progress of the Torch Relay making its way around the country to encourage more people to get active and healthy.

The challenge is based around an all new, interactive website that enables participants to join or create teams and log their sports and physical activities online. Activities that can be logged include walking, cycling, swimming, racquet sports, football and golf.

All activity logged translates into a team distance and teams then compete against each to chase the flame across the country and get the most people to join in. Teams are able to measure their progress towards the Olympic stadium by way of key landmarks, such as the Angel of the North, the Heights of Abraham, and Stonehenge.

Taking part in the challenge is free and participants simply need to visit the website at www.followtheflame.org, log their sport and physical activities and they can then see their team’s miles build up. The website enables members to add their own comments and photos with links to Facebook and Twitter and it also calculates calories burnt.

There are live league tables so participants can see how well they are doing against the flame and everyone else who is taking part.

Those who take part also have the chance to win prizes including tickets to Buxton Opera House or a family ticket to the Heights of Abraham.

Sheridan Piggott, co-ordinator of the challenge, said: “It’s a fantastic way to feel part of the build-up to one of the most exciting sport events ever held in this country.

“Participating in the challenge will enable you to share the excitement and get fitter doing it!

“The challenge is open to everybody. You only need log a minimum of ten minutes of physical activity to participate, and you can form teams made of families, community groups, clubs or workplace teams.”

The challenge is live for entry until July 27. To join visit the website at www.followtheflame.org.