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Kate is really passionate about encouraging people to be more active and finding a type of exercise, which they enjoy and can become a part of their everyday lives. She believes that Nordic Walking is fantastic because it appeals to people of all ages and abilities and Kate would love to encourage anyone to at least give it a try as she hopes to grow a big Nordic walking community in Oxfordshire.
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Role: NWUK Delivery Partner
Kate signed up for a ‘Learn to Nordic walk’ course in January 2012 to fulfil one of her New Year’s resolutions ‘to try something new’ and has never looked back. As a lover of the great outdoors and with a dislike for gyms it seemed like the perfect choice. It is a great way to get fit, explore new places, make friends and ultimately have loads of fun!
Kate is really passionate about encouraging people to be more active and finding a type of exercise, which they enjoy and can become a part of their everyday lives. She believes that Nordic Walking is fantastic because it appeals to people of all ages and abilities and Kate would love to encourage anyone to at least give it a try as she hopes to grow a big Nordic walking community in beautiful Oxfordshire.
Since then she has qualified with a Diploma in Personal Training and as a specialist exercise instructor for older adults. Kate believes age shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying exercise. Her oldest participant in her exercise classes is 95, which she finds incredibly inspiring.
Role: NWUK Walk Leader
Role: NWUK Walk Leader
Liz leads walks in stunning locations including Blenheim Palace, Otmoor, Bletchingdon and Thrupp.
Role: NWUK Walk Leader
Eric is a retired civil engineer and a qualified Nordic Walking UK Walk Leader. Eric discovered Nordic Walking in 2017 and thought that it would be the ideal exercise for him and his wife to keep fit. He enjoys Nordic Walking because it combines his love of the Oxfordshire countryside, exercising in the fresh air and socialising in a pub or café after a walk! Eric lead walks in the Witney area.
from members of Kate Wilkinson
Had a fantastic time (and got a great full-body workout) learning the Nordic Walking method in Kate's 3.5-hour fast track class this afternoon. Kate's passion for her sport was contagious as she prepared us for NWUK walks with knowledge, enthusiasm and fun, and I look forward to participating in her Nordic Walks around Oxfordshire!
I was acutely aware, for some time, of the need to introduce some sort of exercise into my busy but largely sedentary routine. Given my age and gender - not to mention appalling levels of fitness and a gradually worsening weight problem - I have an aversion to gyms. I read about Nordic Walking and decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! The walks are always in varied and scenic locations and leave me feeling energised. Despite having mild arthritis I have found that walking with poles helps to reduce the stress placed on joints and provides an enjoyable workout- it even burns more calories - hurrah! Being able to book walks in advance helps to keep me motivated and each walk is sociable and fun. Kate a great teacher- her enthusiasm is infectious and she is extremely supportive and encouraging towards every member of the group. I would recommend Nordic walking to anyone wishing to improve or maintain their fitness level and who likes 'the great outdoors'!
I was looking for an alternative form of exercise when I had to give up swimming after developing a sensitivity to chlorine. I had heard about Nordic Walking and decided to try it. I found Kate through the Nordic Walking website and attended one of her courses to learn how to do it. I liked it from the start as it involves the upper body as well as the legs and provides a good work out. Kate is an excellent teacher and supports the mixed ability groups very well on the Adventure Walks. I also enjoy the social side, with conversation as we walk and some après walk treats in tearooms and pubs. Swimming lengths wasn’t very sociable!
I have recently retired and was looking for a new activity to help get me fitter and more active. The Nordic Walking course was ideal as I could go at my own pace and Kate helped me to use the poles correctly on flat and hilly ground. Having the poles helped with my co-ordination and balance. I have met some new people and enjoyed their company and the fresh air and feel excited about using my newly learned skills together with my brand new poles this summer!
Loved learning to Nordic Walk with Kate in Barton - she's so enthusiastic and made it great fun - it's a really good fitness exercise as you can get fit, enjoy beautiful scenery and chat with friends - win-win!
Really enjoyed learning to Nordic walk with Kate in Cutteslowe Park. Such a great understanding instructor who caters for the needs of all abilities.
I'm so pleased to have discovered Nordic Walking under Kate's enthusiastic tuition. The technique is not hard to learn and it provides a really enjoyable and effective form of exercise. An added advantage is enjoying the scenery on the beautiful local walks - this year the bluebells have been the best ever. Always a fun group of people and maybe a cup of coffee afterwards!
Learning to Nordic Walk with Kate has been a great experience for me. Not only is it a really lovely way to enjoy the countryside, but it has been a tremendous help for me getting back my confidence walking after 2 knee replacements.
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