By Gill Stewart at
Instructor Liz Skelcher (in the purple wig) and her team from Nordic Walking UK Coast and Country did the St Barnabas Hospice Midnight Walk on Saturday 30th June. They walked 7, 13 or 20 miles and there were about 14 of them! Check out Liz’s moving after-walk interview on the St Barnabas Hospice FB Page as she outlines her own cancer recovery journey
NWUK Instructor Sylvia from Chichester Nordic Walking married walker Laz on the 20th June with a fitting salute as they leave the Church! Congratulations from everyone at HQ to two lovely people who will continue to inspire others to pick up the poles and join their friendly club!
This trio managed to Nordic walk 26 miles along the Jurassic Coast in pretty inclement weather – an achievement in itself but even more remarkable as the lovely chap in the front is Purbeck Festival route master (and Instructor) John Challis from Dorset NW who celebrated his 80th Birthday on July 15th. The local group celebrated it with a lovely cream tea walk!
Tracey Larvin from Mercian NW took part in a very wet and muddy Bumble Bimble, a cross country run over 5 miles. She nordic walked the race and used this as part of her training plan for the three peaks challenge in July She finished 44 out of 111 and 24th female out of 78 in 1:04 hrs which as you can see meant she continues to prove that poles provide power and you do not have to run to move fast! “Comments from the runners were very positive says Tracey “The word is certainly getting out there about Nordic Walking”.
In the spirit of NWUK meet up events, groups from Tameside and Stockport got together recently to do the Tour of Tameside whilst Mercian NW went to Liverpool to catch up with the local Instructor Carolyn and her group for a themed Beatles walk!
Watford Nordic Walking, meanwhile raised money for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance by joining in the very British Afternoon Tea!
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As a final celebration of Summer we thought we would finish with these lovely pictures of Summer Solstice walks. We actually heard of one Lady who got up at 4 am to join a sunrise walk and still managed to join another group for a midsummer night walk that evening – that’s hardcore NW dedication!