A NEW mile-long walking and running loop is to open tomorrow.

The Girlington GreenLine Mile, at West Park, is a collaboration between Well Bradford and Bradford Council.

It will launch tomorrow between 12.30pm and 2.30pm and be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee.

All are welcome to attend.

Well Bradford is a community health programme hosted by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. to re-energise links between hospitals and the wider community

The route is set out by distinctive green markers and map signs are displayed within the park. This accessible route encourages local schools, community groups and residents to get involved.

Bradford was the first city in the country to have a GreenLine Mile, part of a national scheme to encourage people to be more active, and the Girlington route will be the sixth to be created in the district.

Cllr Lee said:“I am keen to open this new GreenLine Mile route and see it for myself. It is a great new feature that anyone in the community can use for free without the need for any specialist equipment.

“It’s great to see so many organisations like the schools, church, care home and local gym looking to make best use of it already.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for healthy people and places, said: “Providing facilities like the GreenLine Mile will enable families and communities in the area to improve their own health and making more use of their local area.

“Everyone and anyone can benefit from exercise but some people are unsure how to get started and what is suitable for them. This route offers them a starting point to get active, offering a clear route around a measured mile whether they want to walk, jog, run or scoot.”

Zulfiqar Karim, Well Bradford programme director, said the goal is to empower people to take ownership of their environment and wellbeing.

He said: "Through developing the Girlington GreenLine Mile we are supporting and encouraging a more dynamic community where people can feel a sense of connection to their environment."