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REAL Fitness: Photo competition celebrates all kinds of fitness and movement

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THIS YEAR’S National Fitness Day on Wednesday Sept 25, the leading health and wellbeing app, MINDBODY ran a competition to celebrate all kinds of fitness and movement.

Having asked the nation to submit images of them attempting a certain exercise in all their sweaty, red-face glory, MINDBODY can reveal the winning entry alongside 12 runners-up.


The competition winner, Laura Pocock submitted an image of herself and five-year-old son spending quality time together whilst doing yoga.

 

Runners Up

Charlotte Pettitt – I’m a mum of 4 beautiful children so I don’t get much me time nor do I get time to go to the gym. So, I strap my mini me to my back and we go out on long walks with our pooch, Toby.

Paulina Doherty – Cycling, Tour de Pologne.

Peter Cardona – I took up yoga at the age of 50 after competing as a weightlifter for many years and fell in love with it so much that I decided to do study it and do a course to become an instructor. I now teach three times a week and feel more invigorated than ever from my practice.

Suzanne Drummond – My 45 minute daily cardio.

Kay Broomfield – Just started personal training a couple of weeks ago to get my body back after baby no. 3 last Christmas. I’m 42 now and it’s HARD! This is me in the middle of a clean & press…

Jo Taylor – This is me doing a burpee jump. I usually exercise at home in the morning as I can do this before the school run and work. After suffering migraines and being unfit for years, I decided last year to make a change. I followed a program of healthy eating and exercise and I lost 2.5 stone. My health and state of mind has improved immeasurably, it has been life changing in so many ways. Exercising at home has been the key to my consistency.

Stephen Lewis – Found a great activity park on holiday in Turkey and visited every day.

Benita Davies – Silent Zumba at Canbury Gardens, Kingston upon Thames, August 2019.

Tina Glover – I am running down the end line of my first attempt at a half marathon in Garstang last week. I couldn’t run to the end of my street 12 months earlier!

Susan Pointon – I’m attempting for the very first time using a yoga trapeze. It seemed like a good idea at the time to winch it from a tree in the woods, turned out to be more difficult to do than I anticipated.

Susan Johnson – Downward dog.

Sue Clarke – Cycling around the Italian lakes this May with my husband. First holiday married.

In light of the competition, a spokesperson from MINDBODY, says: “When it comes to exercise, it’s the ‘trying’ element that matters most. We’re aware many people lead very busy lives and with work and personal commitments, spending hours in the gym sometimes isn’t feasible.

“We ran this competition to celebrate all kinds of fitness and movement, no matter how big or small they may be. From planks, to downward dogs and even exercising with children, each entry showcased the different exercises people attempt/do to stay fit and healthy. I’m sure many people will find the images very relatable.”

To find out more about MINDBODY, go to: https://uk.mindbodyonline.com/get-the-app

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire

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PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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Former Cardigan Castle director sentencing delayed

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THE SENTENCING of a former director of Cardigan Castle who has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft totalling over £40,000 has been delayed.

Former director, Jac Davies, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft was due to be sentenced on Wednesday (May 4) at Swansea Crown Court – but has now been delayed.

Davies who held the £40,000 a year post fraudulently obtained £33,098.75 and stole a further £7,932.97 from the award winning restoration project..

Davies held his position at Cardigan Castle from September 2017 to November 2019.

The defendant has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £4,143.20 from the castle on December 21, 2017.

Again Davies admitted to fraudulently obtaining £28,955.55 between February 4, 2019 and November 3, 2019.

Two further charges of theft were also admitted – one charge of  theft from the castle of £1,908.18 between May 2, 2018 and May 24, 2019 and a further charge of theft from Cardigan Castle Enterprises to the sum of £6,024.79.

Dyfed-Powys Police conducted a year long investigation after being contacted by the castle board of directors.

Financial discrepancies were identified during financial monitoring.

An internal investigation was launched and Davies left his position within the castle in October 2019 following a disciplinary process.

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