Clare Balding picks up the poles with British Nordic Walking - Tune in to Radio 4 on Thursday 19th March at 3pm March 18 2015
Clare had never tried Nordic Walking before, but she willingly set off to Bramcote Park in Nottingham to join our National Coach, Dr Catherine Hughes, and her Saturday group for a lesson.
We’re pleased to report that after learning the first five steps, of the INWA 10 Step Method, in only a few minutes, she was off around the park and really took to it. Her speed took us (and the producer) by surprise!
We told her about our Challenge Series, and had a bit of a race up the hill and back to the car park. She strode out with quite a purpose and really loved pushing on her poles.
Clare was visiting a project that Catherine runs for people with learning difficulties and their carers plus other members of the public who prefer a slower pace. The class is like a lifeline to some of the group, offering a rare chance for the mums and daughters of the group to enjoy doing a sport together.
Clare took time to interview everyone, and she admitted she’d had a very moving experience listening to how Nordic Walking had changed their lives.
If you miss the show on 19th March it is repeated on Saturday 21st March at 6am or you can download the podcast later http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b055jpnk