Posted: Sun, 11 Mar 2018 12:48 by Penny Fielden
I thought I ought to let everyone know how my project has been continuing from the original Take the Lead sessions back in early 2016! My name is Penny Fielden and I run Ministry of Nordic Walks.
The original premise was that with an ageing population there were not as many fitness activities around that might appeal - particular for older women. Therefore my aim was to teach a group of older women to Nordic walk in South Wigston and then set up a fortnightly walk for them. I am very glad to say this all went ahead pretty quickly, after I had become a Nordic walking instructor through the help and contacts provided by the Take the Lead team, and quickly became a weekly walk rising in the number of attendees.
Fast forward to almost two years since I passed my course and I have over 90 people on my weekly walk email list (including men) and I have established four weekly walks plus teaching courses and specialist sessions to meet a variety of needs. The walks have expanded out from South Wigston and have included Melton, Charwood and Blaby districts as well as the city. I am about to take it into Hinkley and Bosworth as well as North West Leicestershire over the next two months with the support of the councils there.
The main ethos continues that the walks are both a way to get fitter as well as a social get together and we all walk as a group - NO-ONE gets left behind!
When I think back to eventually turning up to Sport Park that first time (I had forgotten the map and had no sat-nav) and walking into that room I had absolutely no idea how much my life would be changed for ever nor indeed how that act would change others' lives too.
The Ministry of Nordic Walks Community Group is now on the look out for willing volunteers who would like to train to become Nordic walk leaders and help lead walks for those who are qualified to Nordic walk so taking this fitness activity even further in Leicestershire. Good Nordic walkers come in all shapes and sizes and AGES so please pass on my details to anyone who might be interested. In return for the free training and insurance costs, each volunteer would be expected to lead about 24 walks throughout the year in places local to them.
My contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org or I can be reached on 07502 576764
I look forward to hearing more about how everyone else has been doing with their projects since we joined the Take the Lead gang.
Posted: Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:33 by Natalia Marshall
Hi All. Some really great news for you... Sharon Tait recently took part in an interview for the Woman and Home magazine about her role as a volunteer and the running groups she leads.
Its a brilliant article and it's in the August edition which is on sale now so if you would like to see it quickly get yourself a copy! 'Take the Lead' gets a mention so thank you Sharon for that! Natalia x
Posted: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:10 by MRS Nichola Clooney
12 walk/jog/runners, plus two happy boys in buggies, took on a meet-and-retreat session around the Barton road/Manor road circuit this week.
High fives ✋ upon meeting your partner half way, then 'retreating' back the way you just came until you meet your buddy again! Everyone travels at their own pace and those who are more confident, run further and faster if they want to.
More new SGW2R members this week! Welcome Rachel and Kirstie (with Reggie!) who got stuck in and took on the challenge!
Well done everyone. I think there has been some real progress with some of our regulars too!
Same time next week, Tuesday 9:20am at the wheel.