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



It’s Blubell time again


The path through Pear Wood in Stanmore is at it’s bluebell best at the moment. This path leads up from the lake and there is a sea of blue on both sides of the path. So beautiful.  

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Thames Path Challenge Section 2


What a merry band we were on Wednesday as we set off from Strawberry Hill towards Kew. The path towards Richmond has lots of interesting houses on both banks of the Thames and after a lunch break we continued our way and saw lots of rowing crews out on the river and a fox posing […]

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Start of London Thames Path Challenge


How lucky were the Thames Path walkers on Wednesday? Blue skies and warm temperatures as we walked 10 miles from Hampton Court to Richmond. Stein’s Café near Richmond Bridge was a lovely stop for some well-earned Bavarian apple strudel and cream. You can still join in. Walk 2 will be from Teddington to Kew Bridge […]

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Lovely Frosty Morning walk


A bright frosty and chilly walk was enjoyed by our Monday walking groups this week. We were worried that the freezing fog over London would make walking out of the question, but from the viewpoint we could see West London shrouded in fog, but Stanmore was clear and we were invigorated after our walk.   […]

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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.


All great

Great instructors, great locations, great group.


Friendly teachers

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


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!