Denis & Sue Collen

Harrow Striders

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Harrow Striders was started by Sue & Den Collen in April 2017.  They have lived in Harrow for over 25 years but only realised the number of fabulous country parks on their doorstep since taking up Nordic walking 5 years ago. They now fully appreciate the great potential for improving health, fitness and well-being by exercising outdoors and want to share this with our local communities.and we wanted to share the health and wellness benefits we experienced with others in our local communities in the beautiful green spaces and green flagged parks around Harrow.

 

 


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  • NWUK Delivery Partner
  • Nordic Wellbeing
  • Power of Poles

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Activities by Denis & Sue Collen

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Wonderful Walk in the Chess Valley

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Wednesday Walkabout on 18th May was a fab walk from Chorleywood station to Chalfont and Latimer along the Chess Valley – we had a crystal clear river, wide open fields, shady woodlands, watercress beds and horses. Lunch at The Bedford Arms was an added bonus, bur we felt like we had earned it after 7.5 […]


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There’s more to walking in a Wellness Walk

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We  always practise our balancing on a Monday wellness walk as part of the overall fitness we work on as well as our stamina, fexibility and strength.


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The bluebells are here again

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The bluebells are early this year in PearsWood in Stanmore Country Park. They are a real sight to behold so make sure you book a walk soon so as not to miss out


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Spring Lunch and walk

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The Spring lunch at The Hare last Monday was a great success – a fab walk beforehand with some spring flowers and then really good service and food – we strongly recommend the renovated pub and outdoor garden. We will go back!  


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Testimonials

from members of Denis & Sue Collen

What Harrow Striders has done for me

What Harrow Striders has done for me is to realise that despite the aging process I can continue to access the great outdoors in good company and feel safe and can continue to explore changing seasonable habitats . It is also the best way for me to achieve a good cardio vascular workout but enjoy being out of doors at the same time. Nobody is excluded, and it is encouraging to  join a group. It was a great relief to resume our walks when the Covid regulations allowed . Despite variable weather conditions, it gets me out on a Monday morning, and a good start to the week .The weekly on line updates are a great encouragement to see what the other groups are doing. Thank you for your very professional leadership, patience and good humour .

J0, 80+

Enjoying nordic walking and getting fitter

I really enjoy and benefit from the wellbeing walks with Sue, which are challenging but not too much.  I feel physically fitter, have discovered beautiful local woodland and grassy areas and met lovely people.  I definitely recommend Harrow Striders.

Julia, 60+

The joy of nordic walking

During the pandemic I discovered the joy of Nordic Walking and discovered beautiful outdoor spaces on my doorstep.  The group leaders are fantastic, friendly and very experienced. The social element is also invaluable and I would recommend any novice to give it a try.

Lisa, 50+

Benefits of nordic walking

I walk twice a week and the consistency of doing this helps with my fitness but it’s not a normal walk it’s hills in the park really gets my heart rate up and working which is what I need. Then there is the social side , walking with a group of like minded people makes the walks go really fast and sometimes you don’t even notice the 1hr walk.

Mike, 50+

Why I love nordic walking

An opportunity to walk with a purpose with like minded people and explore all the wonderful open spaces that Harrow has to offer. Since joining this group, under Sue and Den’s leadership, my fitness and stamina have improved enormously and my mental well being maintained during these times of living with Covid.

Ann, 70+

Individual attention

I am particularly grateful for the current small size of our group. It makes for a higher teacher-pupil ratio and greater visibility of our flaws/strengths.
 
 
 

Reeta

All great

Great instructors, great locations, great group.
 
 
 

Sim

Friendly teachers

Good coaching, flexible arrangements, tailor made to suit individuals, Very friendly teachers.
 
 

Fatima

More Please

I cannot thank you enough for coming into my life!!! The walk today was amazing so beautiful. I love to be pushed and to have a good workout and would like more of this theme please. I had difficulties with the bare pathways as I am no expert on the roads with my poles yet! Otherwise I adored it! More more please!
 

Marion

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