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Love Actually………… – By Julie Barnes

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It’s that lovely but frustrating time of year again where you really want to buy something special for your loved ones but, inevitably, if you are anything like me you will be stuck for ideas or will end up buying the same old thing. At best you will swap vouchers – at worst socks (unless


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nwTuk enter their first race!

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Our new race team was born on 7th April 2013 – complete with a new team logo and funky purple vests, they nordic walked the Lincoln 10k. We aim to make this the start of regular appearances at events across the UK from long distance walks to charity events. nwTuk (nordic walking team uk) so if you


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Instructors in the news

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We are so proud of our Instructors and how tirelessley they go out and lead inspirational sessions for people across the UK and we are also grateful for the publicity many of them get because it spreads the word about how great Nordic Walking is Occasionally though, the stories are really inspirational so we thought


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Why take up Nordic walking?

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Walking with poles? You may find it strange, amusing even but here are just a few of the messages we have received on our Facebook page which explain, in their own words, what Nordic Walking has done for them. Read on and be inspired! We also know that many of our readers have similar stories


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Torbay Care Trust launch Nordic Walking

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Elaine Mason and her team at the Torbay Care Trust have been pleasantly surprised at the response to their Nordic Walking programme and are determined to keep building on that success. The project is one of many across the UK that have taken advantage of the Nordic Walking UK community package which provides all of the


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From unfit smoker to challenge winner – Stewart’s story

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When Stewart McFarlane was smoking heavily it did at least make him go up and down stairs every time he popped out for a cigarette at work! Once he made the decision to quit in 2007 however, he piled on the weight and realised he was in poor health and not active at all. This


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From busy Mum to successful Instructor….Kerley’s story

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Kerley aged 51 a former hospital nurse from Cheshire with 15 years experience of adult medical and surgical nursing had a career break raising 4 sons and 2 dogs during which time she worked in various roles in the voluntary sector including facilitating parenting programmes  and Scouting .


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From back pain to a Gallop around Grasmere!

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Val Sandham had an extremely painful lower back problem which she describes as so bad that a short walk form her chair to the Kitchen was simply dreadful. Her Osteopath agreed that maybe Nordic Walking could help as it would strengthen the back without any twisting or strain. He was right, and as Val (pictured


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Nordic Walker invited to the Palace!

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Regular readers of our blog and newsletters will remember the inspirational story about retired Architect Duncan Barratt who trained as an NWUK Instructor and has never looked back! – see here Duncan’s passion for encouraging others to be more active has continued to lead to recognition as a community champion and now even Royality have acknowledged


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My story – Gilly Payne

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What could be more heartless than telling a woman from a remote back water of North Yorkshire, that she can’t drive for 6 months? That was the outcome of my medical consultation in October last year following a sudden black out.  Shell-shocked, I tried to make sense of the situation, the black-out happened on the


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100 Nordic Walks & Loving It!

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When Pauline a 58 year old admin assistant first saw Nordic Walking on the BBC Countryfile programme, she remembers thinking that it was something she might actually enjoy rather than do out of duty (like going to the gym!) She enjoyed walking but knew that was not quite enough to get the health benefits and


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NWUK Radio 4 Interview

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As people embark on their New Year resolutions in 2012 we are determined to ensure Nordic Walking is something that they consider. Our team here at NWUK HQ work hard to get the media interested and are often out and about setting up interviews and photo shoots. Read on to find out how our Gill


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