Golden girl Charlotte launches new outdoor gym

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Medway Matters

It is a gym with a spectacular view, has no joining fee and is completely free to use whenever you want.

And Paralympic gold medallist Charlotte Evans launched Medway Council’s new outdoor gym at Rochester Riverside giving it her seal of approval.

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With a great view across the River Medway, the gym has eleven pieces of equipment, including a cross trainer, hand bike, spinning bike, chest and leg presses and a treadmill.

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It has been set up as part of the exciting Rochester Riverside plans where it is hoped building of new waterfront homes, cafes and bars could start in 2016.

The gym was developed by The Great Outdoor Gym Company and will eventually form part of a public park.

At present dog walkers, joggers, roller skaters and walkers all use the Riverside walk and it is hoped that more people will be encouraged to use the space now the gym is there.

Medway-born Charlotte, who picked up a gold medal along with partner Kelly Gallagher at Sochi last year, was also nominated for Sports Personality of the Year.

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She said: “I think it’s essential people have the opportunity to exercise when they can and this new outdoor gym has some fantastic equipment which covers a wide range of training.

“Not only can you pop along and get exercise whenever you want but it’s totally free and in the great outdoors with a lovely view. I can’t wait to use it myself.”

For more information on Medway Council’s flagship Rochester Riverside regeneration plans visit medway.gov.uk and search for ‘Rochester Riverside’.

Top photograph shows me with Charlotte when she visited St James’s Palace with our Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award winners last year.

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