Nordic Walking comes to Lynn

Borough council Sports Development Manager Roger Partridge, Instructor Mark Richardson and Active Norfolk’s Rural Development Officer Amy East at Lynnsport.

Borough Council Sports Development Manager Roger Partridge, Instructor Mark Richardson and Active Norfolk’s Rural Development Officer Amy East at Lynnsport.

Mark Richardson strides out at Lynnsport.

Trainer Mark Richardson strides out at Lynnsport.

The latest Get Into programme from Active Norfolk and the Borough Council is due to start in mid April and this time will feature the new fitness activity which is sweeping the country – Nordic Walking.

Nordic Walking originated in Finland in the 1950s but really took off in 1997 with the invention of carbon fibre poles. The Nordic walking poles were developed from Nordic Ski-ing poles.

Now, in a population of 5m people, over 1m take part in Nordic Walking in Finland and the activity is fast growing all across Europe. It’s a gentle activity with less strain on the knees and back than with jogging and it burns a high level of calories which helps people in the battle to lose weight. It strengthens breathing and heart function and of course it’s very sociable and accessible for all.

Mark Richardson is the local qualified coach who will be leading the 6-week course:

“I have been involved with outdoor activity all my life” said Mark. “Nordic Walking is a great activity which is easy for everyone to do and it brings so many health benefits. All you need is a set of poles and you’re off! I’d love to see a local Nordic Walking Club evolve just like the many ramblers clubs that exist.”

Mark will have poles available on the course for participants to use.

Demonstrating the 'Nordic Skip'

Demonstrating the ‘Nordic Skip’

Get Into courses are for adults and aim to entice people to try out a new activity or come back to one they may have participated in some years ago. The up and coming programme has activities taking place across the whole borough with Basketball and Nordic walking at Lynnsport, Golf at King’s Lynn Golf Club, Archery in West Walton, Tennis in Leziate and Heacham and at Marshland High School and Netball at Smithdon High School in Hunstanton.

Borough council Sports Development Manager Roger Partridge said: “we are really pleased with this latest Get Into programme. There’s a great range of activities spread across various locations, which we hope will make it easier for people to participate.”

The Nordic Walking sessions will be on Saturdays at 11.30am starting 20th April at Lynnsport. To register on this or any other Get Into course book online at or call Active Norfolk on 01603 732334 or 732333.


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