This October we're helping Parkrun celebrate 18 years October 04 2022
Parkrun's inclusive ethos started 18 years ago with the aim that anyone could join, no matter who,where or how.It's an international movement that celebrates taking part and joining in - no matter how fast you are - it's more about the joining in! Unlike others, there is no time limit at Parkrun and each one has a Tailwalker to make sure everyone gets over the line.
To celebrate 18 years, October is being dedicated to walking at parkrun - otherwise known as parkwalk. British Nordic Walking is delighted to be taking part in this international promotion of walking. Nordic Walking has been allowed at parkrun for over 10 years, but this October we want to really put it on the map.
"In 2011 I came across a local parkrun. I phoned parkrun HQ to request to take part and was soon told we were very welcome to join in. Since then, we have Nordic walked a number of different park runs locally and have been tourists on our travels. They are so friendly and well run that we’re hooked. Being part of a group seems to pull us along and we end the events buzzing!" British Nordic Walking CEO, Catherine Hughes, explains that there has been a long partnership between Nordic Walking and park run.
We've already seen Sherwood Nordic Walking and Exe Nordic Walking sharing their experiences of parkwalking . During October we're hoping that every parkrun gets to see what Nordic Walking is all about.
Frequently asked questions:
What is Nordic Walking? Nordic Walking is a fabulous total body workout. Nordic Walkers use special poles to propel them forwards. The use of poles engages muscles throughout the body making Nordic Walking a more effective workout than simply walking.
Who can Nordic Walk? Nordic Walking is open to everyone. There are classes to suit all levels of fitness. Whilst some people use it as a rehabilitation exercise, across Europe it is used as a low impact fitness exercise. So if you're looking for a way to get back into exercise after injury, it's a great way to improve your fitness.
How is it different to trekking? It's all in the angle of the poles - we plant our poles behind us, propelling us forwards. This engages your core muscles and makes you feel lighter on your feet. Nordic Walkers often say that the poles help them keep walking longer.