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Freerunning mania arrives in Omagh

Freerunner Michael Clarke in full flight

FREERUNNER Michael Clarke insists you don’t have to be a Sebastian Toucan to enjoy one of the fastest growing sports in the UK!
 
Toucan, in case you don’t know, is the man who founded freerunning and brought Parkour, a training programme for French Special Forces into the mainstream.
 
He is also the man Daniel Craig, aka James Bond, chased in the famed opening scene of Casino Royale.
 
Clarke, sidekick Calvin Colton and a small group of enthusiasts are promoting the fact that freerunning is now capturing the imagination in and around Omagh.
 
Michael is inviting others to come along and get a feel of a sport that is becoming increasingly popular in towns and cities across the UK and Ireland.
 
“It’s essentialy running, jumping, climbing, flips and so on and you can do whatever you want,” he said.
 
“We generally do it around the bus depot and the Oasis Plaza but you can do it any time any place.
 
“You can start off doing easy stuff and start building it up. It’s an efficient way of getting around. It’s becoming huge business and it’s really good for you. 
 
“It keeps you fit, keeps the mind going and improves coordination. It’s good for body and mind.”
 
Michael is hoping others will join his group and have a go. He points those who might be interested to have a look at the Omagh Freerunner Facebook and You Tube accounts.
 
While he himself has become something of an exponent, having recently taken part in a Parkour competition in London, he stresses that the sport can be enjoyed by everyone irrespective of their level of ability.
 
“There are no parameters, it can be as simple or extreme as you want it,”he added.
 
“We are trying to raise the profile of the sport locally. We want to spread the word what a great activity freerunning really is.”

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