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The Harpers Fitness Durham Contract includes Peterlee Leisure Centre and Seaham Leisure Centre. Harpers Fitness caters for every gym-goer with a variety of membership packages and payment options to suit all lifestyles and budgets. Operating across 70 centres in the UK, Harpers has invested over £2.6 million into its facilities to deliver the latest gym equipment, fitness classes, personal assessments and training, for more than 50,000 members.

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Seaham Leisure Centre supports member in a bid to lose 7 stone in 7 months

Local woman, Michele Snedden, an ex-dancer and national fitness presenter, is undertaking an ambitious challenge to lose seven stone in seven months to raise money for mental health charity MIND.

  • Michele has previously battled with stress and depression in response to a painful divorce and redundancy
  • Determined Michele said enough was enough with emotional eating and set about this fantastic challenge
  • Seaham Leisure Centre is now supporting Michele in her bid to lose weight, and she will be training at the centre five days a week
  • Starting with a tailored, gentle exercise programme suitable for her current weight and fitness level, Michele will be recording her experiences in a daily diary
  • She will also be combining the exercise program with a diet compromising of 100% natural juices and raw foods, having trained as a Raw Food Chef
  • MIND is a mental health charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem


Michele commented:

For many years I was at the top of my game so to suddenly realise I was seven stone overweight was a real shock. I never thought this would happen to me but now I am determined to reach my goal and finally step out of the fat suit I seem to be wearing. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with the local community to hopefully inspire others to get fit while raising money for such a worthwhile charity!

Phil Evans, Business Manager at Seaham Leisure Centre, said:

The whole team at Seaham are supporting Michele in her bid to lose weight – she is a true inspiration. We wish her the best of luck over the next seven months!


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Local leisure centre makes a splash with new sport initiative

Peterlee Leisure Centre is teaming up with County Durham Sport to help the local community get into sport by introducing a brand new Aqua class for beginners to its timetable. The class is specifically for people that are currently inactive and want to take that first step into a healthier and fitter lifestyle. The classes […]

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Peterlee vs. Mud! Local leisure centre takes on epic obstacle race

On Sunday 23rd March, Peterlee Leisure Centre users took part in an extreme obstacle filled mud run in Hardwick Park, Sedgefield. Sixty-seven fitness enthusiasts who train at the centre completed the Muddy Mayhem challenge, which involved running 5km or 10km over a muddy obstacle course The extreme course saw the brave participants wade through freezing […]

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Peterlee Leisure Centre to host free ladies day

Peterlee Leisure Centre is teaming up with East Durham Belles to host a special ladies day at the centre on Saturday 29th March. From 12pm until 4pm, the leisure centre will be encouraging the women of the community to come and try a wide range of exercise classes completely FREE of charge. This exciting physical […]

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