November Newsletter

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Welcome to November’s Newsletter.

If you thought last months newsletter was late then this months has almost gate crashed December’s!

As the clocks went back we noticed a change in the weather as we began to see some rain. Not ideal but much needed if the reservoir by where we live is anything to go by. We believe there is an arctic blast about to hit the UK so adding extra layers, gloves, hats and scarves may be a good idea but remember when out on one of our WALX you can warm up pretty quickly.

We have also noticed an increase in coughs and colds across all ages. We are still LF testing regularly and if we are considered to be close contacts getting a PCR test too. Unfortunately COVID-19 is still all around us. In the words of one of our walkers “Stay Negative!!”
WALX App and Website
We have had some feedback on the new WALX App, booking system and website. As the national WALX business has been rebranding from Nordic Walking UK they have invested heavily in technology to ensure they keep up to date with new trends and platforms hence the need to update their presence. This has obviously had a knock-on effect to us. The good news is that bookings, memberships and the store can all now be found in one place. On the flip side however, booking via the app has caused some confusion with other WALX groups. We have asked if additional filters could be added so that it only shows walks from your group; due to the way in which Apple and Google monitor apps we have to ensure that it meets certain criteria for speed. Adding additional filters slows this down and will not therefore be implemented. If you tend to book your walks from your phone or tablet you can add a shortcut icon that takes you to the WALX website and if you login there you will only see WALX from us on the bookings calendar. If you want any more information or guidance on how to do this then please let us know.

You will also notice that our website has now been integrated in to the main WALX one. We have just moved the content over at the moment but hope to update this in the next few weeks.
Christmas Merchandise
We have one last shop ‘n drop before Christmas. It is due for delivery on Friday 17 December so if there is anything you want please place your orders as soon as possible. The process for shop ‘n drop has changed as the store moved to the new website. We now get a voucher code that you can enter when going through the checkout so please let us know prior to ordering so that we can ensure you still get free delivery.


Names of WALX
You may have noticed name changes to some of our walks. This is to try and ensure the name and description fits with the walk. The most recent was ‘Pep in your Step’ to the 9.00am Saturday morning walk which used to be known as an Energiser. As the name suggests this is now a quicker Nordic walk only without any additional exercises. We do still look out for some hills though! We are hoping to get this walk up to 4 miles in the hour in the New Year so if you want to join in please look out for it.


Freedom Passports
October saw us extend a warm welcome to Karen, John, Sarah, Valerie, Dan, Janette, Liz, Jan and Joy when they gained their Freedom Passports. We have welcomed most of them on our WALX already.


Power of Poles 2 – Advanced Techniques
Anyone joining us since February 2020 will know that you now get your Freedom Passport once you have completed the Getting Started with Poles 90 minute class. There is also a second optional class the Power of Poles 2 – Advanced Techniques. These classes provide a recap on the basic technique and add additional drills that refreshes your Nordic walking experience making sure you are getting the benefits with every step. Everyone who has attended so far has enjoyed the session and said how much they have benefitted from the additional coaching. Look out for these classes on our schedule.


Forestry England Survey
As our partnership grows with Forestry England they have asked for your feedback on their facilities.

Please could anyone who has walked out from Birches Valley in the last couple of months please help by completing their short survey which can be found here:

Click here for Forestry England Survey

When it requests activity please select ‘Other’ and then add Nordic Walking. The more information we can add we will hopefully see it listed as an activity in its own right.


Walk of the month
October’s walk of the month has to be the Pudsey 10 mile ‘Ramble’ which took place on 9th October. The walk was split in to 5, 3 and 2 mile circuits. A big thank you to Helen, Lindsay, Oksana, Sharon, Suzanne, Tracey, Angela, Anne, Graham, Joy, Justin, Justine, Laura, Julie, Gillian, Hollie, Jordan, Marilyn, Charlie and Sophie for joining in either all or parts of the walk.

The last two miles was made even better by having a short interview with John Craven from BBC’s Countryfile. We also just made the cut for the TV programme … albeit short. The original planned routes had to be changed at short notice due to another running event in the area and this made the first 5 miles particularly difficult on the hills up to Tackaroo but, everyone pushed really hard to complete it. We raised a total of £750 plus gift aid which was amazing for our first event.


Personal Details
Just another reminder for you to take a moment to check that your personal details in the booking system are correct and up to date including any next of kin information. It is important for us to be able to contact you if we need to update you on anything or if we need to contact your next of kin if there are any issues when we are out walking.


Take care and hopefully see you out on The Chase with us soon.


WALX on The Chase

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