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Issue:- 30 January 2015

Reports below are as follows:- John Pugh MP backs call for local action to improve poor state of diabetes care, Letters to the Editor:- "Cars that are parked irresponsibly on pavements", Widnes Vikings, NHS Halton CCG and Halton Borough Council will join forces in World Record attempt.

Widnes Vikings, NHS Halton CCG and Halton Borough Council will join forces in World Record attempt

ON 5 February 2015, Widnes Vikings, NHS Halton CCG and Halton Borough Council will join forces to stage an official Guinness World Record attempt involving local businesses, school children and Halton residents.

The World Record attempt at 11am will launch the:- 'Big Viking Health Kick-Off', a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of knowing your blood pressure and will coincide with the kick off to the Super League season, at 8pm, the same day.

The registration portal has been inundated and over 2000 people have already registered to take part in the World Record Attempt. The Vikings are encouraging anyone that would like to join in to register as soon as possible to avoid missing out as the number of participants will be capped at 4000.

A number of well known figures are supporting the World Record Attempt. Super League General Manager Blake Solly is 1 of the high profile people associated with Rugby League that has pledged his support:- "It is great to be able to support Widnes Vikings, NHS Halton CCG and Halton Borough Council as they attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records. This Super League season ushers in a new era for the sport. There would be no better way to start that new era than by breaking a world record and creating a fantastic atmosphere at the opening match of the season."

The full Widnes Vikings Academy squad will also be taking part. Shane Eccles, Vikings Player Development Manager commented:- "The Academy players are looking forward to taking part in the World Record Attempt next week. They have all signed up and are excited about getting involved in such a great community event on the pitch where they train and play. The players have been working hard through pre season and are looking forward to the upcoming season. The chance to become world record breakers on the brink of the season will be a fantastic opportunity and the players are keen to do their bit to raise awareness of the:- "Big Viking Health Kick-Off".  Individuals wishing to take part in the World Record attempt must sign up online as soon as possible and before the registration deadline at:- 12pm, on Wednesday, 4 February 2015. You can register on our website."

The World Record attempt will begin at 11am prompt on 5 February 2015 and will take the form of a 10 minute light fitness
programme suitable for all ages and abilities. Guinness World Record officials will moderate the World Record attempt.

The current World Record for the most people exercising to a fitness video is set at 2,958 participants. This was recorded in Beijing, China, on 28 September 2013 and was achieved by the Organising Committee of the National Community Care Campaign (China).

On Thursday, 5 February 2015, the Vikings aim to beat this figure to put Halton in the record books!  Everyone that takes part in the World Record attempt will not only be in with the chance of becoming a World Record holder, but will also be given a brilliant:- 'thank you' gift from Widnes Vikings. Every adult and child that participates in the World Record attempt exercise session on the morning of 5 February 2015 will be rewarded with:- 'FREE ACCESS' to the:- 'First Utility Super League Season Opener'.

On 5 February 2015, at 8pm, Widnes Vikings take on Wigan Warriors at the Select Security Stadium.  Each 'Record Breaking' adult will receive a:- 'FREE ACCESS PASS' (RRP £20 to £23). Each 'Record Breaking' child (under 16) will receive a pass for themselves and 1 for an accompanying adult to bring them to the stadium for the fixture. (Adult and Junior RRP £30 to £36). Access passes may be redeemed on a 1st come 1st served basis, for the West Stand, at the Select Security Stadium. 

Each participant will also receive a certificate on the day to acknowledge that they have taken part in an official World Record Attempt.

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