Fitness member uses local leisure centres to conquer half marathon and prove doubters wrong

By Matthew Shannon March 22, 2023

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Fitness member uses local leisure centres to conquer half marathon and prove doubters wrong

 Laura Concannon attending a Les Mills class

Everybody member, Laura Concannon attending a Les Mills class at Barony Sports Complex

Laura Concannon, 37 years old from Nantwich, was born with bilateral talipes, meaning both her feet were twisted inwards. During Laura’s surgeries to correct this, her parents were told she will struggle with mobility all her life. When she turned 30, Laura decided she wanted a challenge to prove people wrong.

Laura has been using Everybody Health and Leisure’s facilities and decided to run a half marathon as a personal challenge. She has been benefiting from using her multi-site membership including, Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Barony Sports Complex and Nantwich Leisure Centre.

Laura Concannon, a keen Everybody Health and Leisure member shared:

“Everybody have kept me motivated including during the pandemic period along with when I had my injury. I would recommend the classes as they have something for all ages and abilities, with the wide range of activities they offer.”

Laura planned to run the half marathon however the pandemic got in the way, so she deferred it but struggled to stay motivated with her training. Nevertheless, she found the Everybody virtual classes which supported her fitness routine and re-ignited her motivation to keep fit from home. She completed the Manchester Half Marathon, which was a huge personal achievement for Laura and her fitness goals.

Sam Rose, Group Exercise Instructor at Everybody Health and Leisure commented:

“Laura is always confident to ask for advice when needed and has recently reintroduced herself to the group cycling classes. It’s great to see Laura pushing herself when attending and is always happy to help newcomers who join the different sessions available.”

 Finish line of the Manchester Half Marathon

Laura Concannon at the finish line of the Manchester Half Marathon

Laura completes virtual, Les Mills Body Pump classes at the Barony Sports Complex and attends instructor led classes at multiple Everybody leisure centres. She has recently lost just over a stone in weight from her commitment to her health and fitness.

If you would like to find out more about your local Everybody Leisure Centre, visit with lots of activities for everybody, you are sure to find something you enjoy.


Notes to Editor

Everybody Health and Leisure are a registered charity which aims to provide ‘leisure for life’ by improving the health and wellbeing of local communities. The charity operates 16 leisure facilities including 9 swimming pools and 7 Taste for Life cafes across the Cheshire East region, and delivers a range of targeted health, sports and disability and inclusion programmes. For more information please visit: or follow on Twitter @ebleisure.

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