December’s Hi-Tec competition result

Did you enter our competition last month? December’s prize was a super pair of Hi-Tec Bandera II waterproof walking shoes (RRP £79.99). The lucky winner was drawn from the correct entries received by the closing date 31 Dec 2017.

The quiz question was ‘In what year did Hi-Tec celebrate their 40th anniversary?’ and the answer (which could be found on Hi-Tec’s website) was 2014.

Diane rests her poles while out walking with Instructor Sam Armstrong

The winner is Diane Marshall of Derby who walks with NWUK instructor Sam Armstrong. Diane is pictured here resting her poles for a moment in a woodland den on one of Sam’s walks in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales and Peak District.

If you would like to experience Nordic Walking in the Peak District our Rustick! Nordic Walking Festival on 4th and 5th May will be the perfect opportunity. You can find out more and register at www.nordicwalking.events and if you are a member you can save £5 on the cost of your ticket by logging into the members’ area on nordicwalking.co.uk and finding the discount code.

Although this competition is closed now, members of Nordic Walking UK can get 20% discount on purchases from www.hi-tec.co.uk as one of their membership benefits.

Don’t miss your chance to win lovely things in our Nordic Walking UK members’ competitions. Look out for more chances to WIN prizes in our competitions coming soon!

Planning a break? Get back to nature in simple luxury with Forest Holidays

With the Christmas holidays behind us and two more months of winter weather before us, January is the time many of us start thinking about holidays.

Nordic Walking UK’s benefit partners at Forest Holidays have 10 stunning locations to choose from, each set in exclusive Forestry Commission owned woodland. You can spend your Forest Holiday in one of range of ‘simple luxury’ cabins, suitable for families, couples, nature-lovers, dog-owners and groups.

Get back to nature and explore the amazing forest that surrounds you on your luxury cabin break. You’ll find a number of forest walks and trails that will lead you through the beautiful forest with fantastic views along the way.

Forest Holidays’ walks and trails offer an ideal opportunity to discover the amazing wildlife that inhabits the forest. Bring your binoculars and look out for wildlife, flora and fauna. The forests are quite literally teaming with wildlife!

Nordic Walking UK members can get 10% discount off Forest Holidays for breaks booked by 31st January 2019 and taken by 1st January 2020. Log in and check ‘My membership benefits’ on nordicwalking.co.uk for your member-exclusive link and discount code.

Win a Cotswold Outdoor voucher worth £250

UPDATE: This competition is closed now, but members of Nordic Walking UK can still benefit from 15% discount on purchases online or in store at Cotswold Outdoor, as well as many other fantastic partnership benefits.

 

Enter our Nordic Walking UK members’ New Year competition for a chance to WIN a fabulous prize!


The Nordic Walking UK team are very excited to announce that this month the prize is from the lovely people at Cotswold Outdoor and it is a voucher for £250.

 

Cotswold Outdoor have hundreds of brands in their range for walking, running, climbing, cycling, skiing, camping and watersports, so there will be plenty for our lucky winner to choose from.

Log into your membership area at nordicwalking.co.uk and select ‘My membership benefits’ for details of how to enter the competition.

Last date for entries: 11 February 2018

PRIZE:
A Cotswold Outdoor voucher worth £250

Ts & Cs:
One winner will be drawn from correct entries received by the closing date and will win a Cotswold Outdoor gift voucher to the value of £250, valid until 12/01/2019.
Gift Cards can be redeemed online at www.cotswoldoutdoor.com or in any Cotswold Outdoor stores. If the full value of the gift card is not redeemed in one transaction, the remaining value will stay on the gift card. No cash alternative.
Entrants must have an active membership of Nordic Walking UK.

Dates for your Diary

Team NWUK have a busy schedule of events planned for 2018 as well as our own Festivals

We love meeting up with our members so come along and see us

If you bring your Membership card you could also be in for a special treat too!

POP these dates in your diary and come to say Hello – watch out for competitions and discounted tickets in your members area too!

2nd JUNE GRASMERE GALLOP

The original 10k Nordic Walk event organised by the National Trust and a great way to join in with 200 or so pole walkers of all ages, shapes and sizes – Simply a lovely friendly event, full of Purple!

8 – 10th JUNE KESWICK MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL

Make the most of your trip to the Lakes and join the NWUK team at this iconic event in Keswick. Again, we will be offering TASTERS and PASSPORT REFRESHERS but we also hope to add some walks and enjoy the music too of course!

2 – 5 AUGUST COUNTRYFILE LIVE  

We will be offering TASTERS and on hand to chat through everything Nordic Walking throughout the whole event.

 

NWUK Delivery Partner Instructors will also be representing us at other Challenges, Walking Festivals and Events around the UK – Look out for the Purple banners and make sure you say Hello

Pewsey Downsaround Sun 22nd April

International Waendel  Walk  Fri 11th – Sun 13th May

Wotton Walking Festival Fri 11th – Sun 13th May

Women Can Marathon Sun 27th May Devon

Longest Day Challenge in Warwickshire 21st June

Race to the Stones Sat 14th – Sun 15th July

Jurassic Coast Challenge Sat 21st – Sun 22nd July Poole Harbour to Bridport

Cotswold 24 Hour Race Sat 4th –  Sun 5th August

Chichester Half Marathon Sun 7th Oct

 

See you there!

 

WIN a £250 Cotswold Outdoor voucher!

UPDATE: This competition is now closed, but members of Nordic Walking UK can still get 15% discount on purchases at Cotswold Outdoor in store or online. Check the members’ page on nordicwalking.co.uk. Not a member? Go to nordicwalking.co.uk and click ‘Join’.

Enter our Nordic Walking UK members’ New Year competition for a chance to WIN a fabulous prize!


The Nordic Walking UK team are very excited to announce that this month the prize is from the lovely people at Cotswold Outdoor and it is a voucher for £250.

 

Cotswold Outdoor have hundreds of brands in their range for walking, running, climbing, cycling, skiing, camping and watersports, so there will be plenty for our lucky winner to choose from.

Not a member? You can join now at nordicwalking.co.uk for exclusive members’ benefits PLUS a chance to win this fantastic prize.

Membership costs £9.95 for twelve months plus £2.50 p&p for your membership card and pack. You can join for FREE (subject to £2.50 p&p) if you complete a Learn to Nordic Walk Freedom Passport course with a NWUK instructor. Looking for a course near you? You can search for courses and classes on Exercise-Anywhere.com.

Log into your member’s area at nordicwalking.co.uk and select ‘My membership benefits’ for details of how to enter the competition.

Last date for entries: 15 February 2018

PRIZE:
A Cotswold Outdoor voucher worth £250

Ts & Cs:
One winner will be drawn from correct entries received by the closing date and will win a Cotswold Outdoor gift voucher to the value of £250, valid until 12/01/2019.
Gift Cards can be redeemed online at www.cotswoldoutdoor.com or in any Cotswold Outdoor stores. If the full value of the gift card is not redeemed in one transaction, the remaining value will stay on the gift card. No cash alternative.

And the winner is… December’s Hi-Tec competition result

Don’t miss your chance to win lovely things in our Nordic Walking UK members’ competitions!

December’s prize was a super pair of Hi-Tec Bandera II waterproof walking shoes (RRP £79.99).  The lucky winner was drawn from the correct entries received by the closing date 31 Dec 2017.

The quiz question was ‘In what year did Hi-Tec celebrate their 40th anniversary?’ and the answer (which could be found on Hi-Tec’s website) was 2014.

Diane rests her poles while out walking with Instructor Sam Armstrong

The winner is Diane Marshall of Derby who walks with NWUK instructor Sam Armstrong.  Diane is pictured here resting her poles for a moment in a woodland den on one of Sam’s walks in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales and Peak District.

If you would like to experience Nordic Walking in the Peak District our Rustick! Nordic Walking Festival on 4th and 5th May will be the perfect opportunity. You can find out more and register at www.nordicwalking.events and if you are a member you can save £5 on the cost of your ticket by logging into the members’ area on nordicwalking.co.uk and finding the discount code.

Although this competition is closed now, members of Nordic Walking UK can get 20% discount on purchases from www.hi-tec.co.uk as one of their membership benefits.

Not a member? Sign up at nordicwalking.co.uk and click ‘join’. Look out for more chances to WIN prizes in our competitions coming soon.

Walking poles for WEIGHT BEARING – a Physio’s View.

Pam Jolliffe, an extremely active Physiotherapist who was a keen Nordic Walker – outlines how she trialled the Urban Poling Activator poles following a dramatic change in her health and mobility

June 2017 just 5 days before my 70th my life was disrupted by a stroke and despite a moderately rapid recovery the immobility caused a final rapid deterioration of my hips allowing only about 10 strange steps without support. Following replacement of both my hips in the new- year a new life should begin. In the meantime I am thrilled to have found the Activator poles -originally introduced to me as Physio or rehab poles.

In 2013 I attended Nordic walking sessions to see if I could recommend the training and the poles to my Physiotherapy and Pilates clients. Climbing and mountaineering have been my love and I had previously used trekking poles, so I learned the benefit of using the Nordic strap to take some weight and lighten the grip.

The physics of using walking sticks has been etched in my mind since a brilliant physiotherapy lecturer brought the ergonomic principles of the remarkable weight relief given by using a stick in the opposite hand to the affected leg. Simply the distance from stick rubber on ground to foot is about four times further than if held on the same side.

The physics works incredibly – very little weight goes through the stick. We can picture the person with a stick next to the same foot leaning heavily. Now visualise a runner the right arm and left leg reaching forward. This trunk and pelvic counter rotation improves power and efficiency.

Nordic walking uses these principles but add a new element by creating a driving or propulsive force forward while giving some weight relief. This force is by virtue of the Nordic glove, the steep backward angle of the poles and the remarkably shapes pads – the “paws”- for hard ground.  Excellent technique requires training and encourages the posture which has been my mantra as a therapist encourages a powerful and efficient walking pattern. The Nordic method uses the link between upper and lower body diagonally across the core muscles reducing joint stress from rib cage through lower spine, hips, knees, ankles and feet.

However if like me joints are so severely worn that poles are required in the house your major need is weight relief and the propulsive force is not quite so important. The solution is Activator poles. These have a weight bearing ‘shelf’ built into the handle (see image). This clever shelf  takes a great deal more body weight than the Nordic glove and is also  more practical when poles are constantly being put down to do a task when in constant daily use in the home.

The “ulna” or little finger side of the hand rests on the shelf while fingers lightly hold the pole. The poles have less spring than my old travellers, feeling solid and supportive while remaining light. The technique remains similar with the pole angled backwards but to a lesser degree than Nordic and the extra large pads (paws) give really secure contact on the ground. I have found that they hold me more upright and generally improve my posture. I can see that they will be used right through my rehabilitation until I have recovered muscle strength and bulk which will once more support my joints and I can get back to thinking of more speed and power with my faithful travellers.

If you have been advised to be partial weight bearing you should be supplied with crutches designed for this job and taught by a professional.

I can see that as a professional these poles fit a much needed gap in the market and I can think of so many clients who could have benefitted.  Personally I think they are wonderful and I hope you can see how excited I am about them.

I Challenge YOU!!

Who is up for a challenge? And by that, I don’t mean those half-hearted resolutions that we make every January – the same ones we have made every year for the last five years!

No, I mean a good meaty challenge to focus on, one that takes you away from your daily life and that you could look back on at the end of the year and say with pride “I DID THAT”  – something that makes the year stand out for you in your memory, one that you will never forget and that spurs you on to do other things that you never thought you could do.  Continue reading

FESTIVAL FEVER

Purbeck in Dorset is the home of the aptly named Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival, a NWUK event which attracted over 700 pole walkers from a host of Nations in 2017.

This iconic event is now entering its third year and is about to GROW! This year, the festival goers enjoyed a choice of 120 walks, workshops, keynote presentations and a lot of fun. There was also a Marathon and 16 mile challenge event which included the new sport of speed hiking (a mix of running and walking with poles)

The unique themed walks included campfire suppers on an RSPB reserve, Literary walks, Geographical and Historical walks plus fun workout walks along rugged coastal paths.

Our festival team have listened to the feedback and suggestions from those who attended and and are now busy planning an even more fantastic event for 2018! Festival 3 will include a lot more social activity (including a range of Friday night ‘supper’ walks in amazing locations and a music event on the Saturday in an iconic setting.

We are busy training Festival Hosts and Leaders and would welcome applications from anyone who wants to be involved. E mail Emma@nordicwalking.co.uk if you can help in any way.

More information will soon be available on our NEW Festival website (launching soon) and we will open registrations for booking by the end of December.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS….

The Festival is booked by the day and there are 1, 2 and 3-day packages to choose from. When you initially register, all you need to do is select your preferred days in order to secure your place. It is possible to change those days and there is no need to do anything else until the full schedule is released in June. At this point, we will enable those who have registered the opportunity to choose which walks and workshops they would like to do, in order of the date they registered. We will also be simplifying group bookings in 2018 so make sure you let us know if you are coming with others.

Most of the walks and workshops are repeated to make them available on ALL 3 DAYS although the Marathon and 16 mile events are on the SATURDAY only and some specialist sessions may depend on the availability of an expert! A Day ticket will mean you can enjoy a choice of circa 30 activities from Dawn to Dusk and gain access to the HUB and social events. You even get a T shirt and Goodie bag!

All you need to do now is be ready to choose your dates as soon as we send the invitation out. It might also be an idea to book some accommodation –  we will have lots of ideas for you but the best locations are Wareham, Swanage and Corfe Castle – click here for some ideas. Bear with us as we build the new interactive Festival website which will make booking and changing walks really easy. In the meantime… the 2017 website is still live so you can see the type of things we have planned for 2018 plus a whole lot more! See 2017 website here

Can’t make it to Dorset or for that weekend in September?

INTRODUCING our FIRST ‘RUSTICK’ MINI FESTIVAL in DERBYSHIRE!!!

Come and join the HQ Team and the local Instructors for two days of walks, workshops and fun in the wonderful setting of TISSINGTON!

Come for the day or make a weekend of it – more info to follow but save the date

4th and 5th May 2018! 

 

 

 

Highlights from 2017

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It’s been a busy year again at NWUK – here are just a few of the highlights

The NWUK trailer hit the road this Summer and was seen in Scotland, the Lake District and even Blenheim Palace. Packed with equipment, goodies and information about Nordic Walking, watch out for it at an event near you in 2018!


NWUK Instructors Tracy and Sharon from Watford NW group visited the Royal National Orthopaedic hospital to work with Orthotic & Prosthetic Users earlier this year.

read more in the RNOH newsletter here 


The South West Coast Path is close to our hearts at NWUK as it features in many of our local walks and the Purbeck festival. That’s why we were so delighted that 37 Nordic Walkers from a range of groups and as far away as Watford helped us raise vital cash for its upkeep by taking part in the final leg of the SWCP challenge.


NWUK Instructor Bart from Lytham St Annes spread the NW message far and wide when he met lots of keen walkers on a recent trip to Japan. He even inspired some of them to book into the NWUK Purbeck Festival too which was lovely! Hopefully their trip will inspire more people to join us again next year?

We love this picture of Bart with his poles but wish the cloak had a touch more purple!!


Dame Kelly Holmes joined NWUK Instructor Janine Lewis (and her team which includes her flamingo Flo!) to help promote physical activity in Reading. Dame Kelly even had a go at Nordic walking by all accounts. Janine is one of many NWUK Instructors who flew the Purple flag this summer – well done to you all


Team NWUK entertained the crowds at the Countryfile Live show in August and had a ball introducing the thousands of visitors to the marvels of pole walking. We will be back in 2018 so come and see us (wear purple and be prepared to sing along!)


Hazel Smith, a NWUK Instructor from Hertfordshire managed to get 231 people to take part in a NW tuition class for a world record attempt in aid of the charity CHIPs. The event in September raised over 1,000 and a lot of fun was had by all.

Great effort Hazel and all involved!


SKY NEWS visited NWUK at one of their favourite partnership and festival sites, the RSPB reserve at Arne in Dorset to interview Gill and some amazing local walkers for a feature about Women in Sport

The piece aired twice on 5th Dec