Gold medallist Louis hopes the Games will encourage everyone to get active

Louis Smith (centre) celebrates winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with the rest of the English team
Louis Smith (centre) celebrates winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with the rest of the English team
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Gold medal winning gymnast Louis Smith is hoping the Commonwealth Games leaves a legacy of inspiring everyone to get active.

Smith, who helped England to victory in the team event and also took bronze in the pommel horse, trained for the competition at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.

He said: “I am very happy to have picked up a gold and a bronze, it’s been a fantastic Games both for myself and as a whole.

“Glasgow can be very proud of the event they have put on and I am so pleased to have been a part of it.

“Everyone from the organisers to the athletes stepped up a level and we enjoyed nearly two weeks of great competition in some fabulous facilities and it was an absolute pleasure to compete in Scotland.”

Smith is helping to promote the second annual SUBWAY Helping Hearts™ Family 5K event at Strathclyde Park on Sunday, from noon-3pm.

It is open to all ages and abilities with participants encouraged to walk, run or push their way around the course.

All sponsorship money raised going directly towards funding the Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart grant scheme in the local community.

This provides up to £10,000 of funding to new and innovative projects that actively promote heart health in the community, such as the Motherwell FC Community Trust’s Healthy Hearts initiative.

Motherwell FC community engagement officer Derek Watson said: “The programme was a real success and it wouldn’t have been possible without the grant.

“The kids received it very well and I think the coaches enjoyed it just as much as the kids did.”

Smith added: “Hopefully the Commonwealth Games can inspire people to think more carefully about their fitness levels and looking after their health.

“Of course I don’t expect anyone to reach the levels of the elite athletes we have seen performing in Glasgow, but just some basic exercise can do everyone the power of good.

“I have taken part in 5Ks before and they are hard work, but the SUBWAY Helping Hearts™ Family 5K is different, it’s all about having fun.

“At previous events I have seen people in fancy dress or pushing children in prams, it is just about getting out in the fresh air and doing something for a great cause.”

Kids under 12 go free and early bird registrations for the rest of the family are £5.99 each.

There will also be lots of free, fun activities on the day, to help keep the kids entertained including face painting and a bouncy castle.

Everyone who takes part will receive a free SUBWAY TO GO!™ lunch, a free goody bag and free family entertainment.

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