August 2017 News Letter

Hello August!

August, the month of abundance and promise! The promise of fine summer weather and far too many ice creams and ice cold Proseccos! Or, for some, a month of escaping to dark quiet rooms when the kids have gone to bed!
We have a full program to help keep those waistlines from showing signs of abundance and power walks to stride out frazzled nerves!

Checkout the Walk Schedule which has a few fun extras to keep our growing membership active and challenged.We are closed for a few days from Sunday August 27th to Wednesday 30th.

Keep up to date with our group news and promotions on Facebook – its your page to catch up on your stories and photos enjoyed on your walks plus health tips, delicious recipes and inspirational achievement stories. Do engage and interact with us and share with your friends and family.

Learn to Nordic Walk

Prospect Park, Reading
Monday 7th August 11.15am Free taster session
Monday 7th August 7.30m Free taster session
Monday 14th/21st August 11.15am 2 x 90 min Beginner course
Monday 14th/21st August 7.15pm 2 x 90 min Beginner course
Saturday 19th August 11am – Learn to Nordic Walk in 2 hoursDiscovery Centre, Thatcham
Wednesday 2nd/9th August 12.45 2 x 90 min Beginner course
Wednesday 16th August 10.00am Free taster sessionSPECIAL OFFER – No Course Required
Wednesday 16th and 23rd August
Have a go at BungyPumps and a Gentle Paces Walk
Sign up and book in at

Caversham Heath Golf Club, Caversham
Tuesday 1st August 12.30 – Learn to Nordic Walk in 2 hours

SPECIAL OFFER – No Course Required
Tuesday 8th, 15th and  22nd August
Have a go at Nordic Walking as an Adventure Walk
Sign up and book in at

To book on please visit the Online Diary and for the up to date information.

August Nordic Walking Schedule

Please note the walk guide:Each session is aimed at a specific gear  (shown below): 
we ask that you keep the community spirit.
For those wishing to stride out on a walk that may not challenge them enough we operate the “the whistle and loop back” fun strategy. It helps maintain our sense of community but addresses the different needs.

Please do not book on to the session if you are not able to maintain the pace or speak to Janine for guidance.

It is advisable to wear a bum bag with a water bottle or hydration pack. Do bring a high energy snack to have on the hoof or as soon as we finish.

We respect people’s busy agendas and do like to start promptly. Please arrive 15 minutes earlyfor your class and be ready to start on time. Please do not be offended if we do not wait whilst you get yourself sorted. We do a warm up close by so please do catch up.

Walk speed guide:

Gentle stroll – Gear 1 – Nice pace that you can do for extended periods. 2-2.5mph (these generally are our Well Being walks)

Easy walk -Gear 2 – Faster pace gained through technique. Expect Gear 2 at times throughout the walk with occasional photo stops. 2.5mph (Most of our 1 hour adventure walks)

Moderate walk – Gear 2/3 – Faster again using technique and with less recovery. Very little stopping. 2.5mph-3mph+ (these are generally our Step up and Stride out Workout walks and longer Adventure walks)

Strenuous walk – gear 3/4 and Power Stride workout walks and Challenge training.

Any – we operate the community spirit looping system and cater for mixed abilities.

Summer Weekly Program
There are 14 regular walks you can enjoy.
For up to date details check the website.Monday –
Any Kickstart Monday Prospect Park 10am
Easy walk Explore Sulham Woods 1.30pm
Moderate walk Step Up and Stride Out Prospect Park 6pmTuesday – Caversham heath Golf Club
Moderate walk  BungyPump Power Stride (TBC)
Gentle stroll  Gentle Paces (TBC)
Easy walk  Adventure walks (TBC)

Wednesday –
Moderate walk  BungyPump Power Stride Discovery Centre
Gentle stroll  Gentle Paces – Discovery Centre
Easy walk  Adventure walks – Discovery Centre
Moderate walk Wednesday 5 mile challenge 6.30pm

Thursday –
Moderate walk Step Up and Stride Out Linear Park 10.00am
Moderate walk Linear Loops with BungyPump Whoops 6.00pm
Strenuous walk Thursday Power Striders 7.00pm

Friday –
Moderate walk Explore Berkshire Adventure Walks from different locations 10.00am – 12.00pm

Saturday –
Moderate walk Adventure Walks from different locations – 8am-10am

Why not try some of our workout classes back to back! Perfect way to train up for a challenge or really get fit through the summer!

Become a Premier Member and do any number of these regular walks for just £10 per week. Just sign up for our monthly direct debit. Convenient and total quality YOU TIME.

Dates for the Diary

We have a few fun challenges and events through 2017. Please do save them in your diary and get involved. 

Nordoga Days – combining Nordic walking with Yoga – Sunday 6th August.

Bristol Special – Amy has pulled of an amazing opportunity for your to Nordic Walk the historic Bristol Nordics with our own guide – Friday 11th August.

How Long Is a Piece of String? – the perfect local madcap challenge with dip outs! – Saturday 12th August

Bank Holiday Crowd Buster – Escape the Traffic Chaos – our early morning walk with a mini picnic from Pangbourne to Goring – 26th August.

Refresh festival – outdoor fitness festival – we’d love your help and support. Please speak to Janine. 2nd/3rd September.

Purbeck Walking Festival – 15th – 17th September Book your place asap.Don’t miss out on this hugely popular event.

Santa Fun Run – Sunday 3rd December

More dates to come over the next month to include day trips with fellow Nordic Walking groups in other counties.


Caversham Canters: A change of scenery and agenda for our Wednesday evenings. As we break away in to darker evenings, safety is of paramount concern so it will be safer to use the well lit and paved walkways of the Thames Path and Urban Paths of Caversham and Reading to keep you fit and active. Perfect preparation for the ski season and marathon winter series. We shall meeting in the Reading Rowing Club Car Park, behind the Crowne Plaza.

Please note: The Wednesday series will move to Carters of Caversham from the end of September.


2nd and 3rd September 2017

Refresh is an outdoor health and fitness festival and the first of its kind in the Hampshire and Berkshire area where the health, well-being and fitness industry will collaborate all in one place providing a vast range of activities, workshops and product trials for all to experience.

The 2-day event will be hosted by the inspirational and motivational, twice Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes DBE and is open to all levels of fitness, packed with a variety of activities and workshops for all to try.

3JFitness will be there and would love volunteers to help share the community spirit. Please speak with Janine.

Stixskin are a fantastic way to personalise your poles, with many designs. If you place an order and quote Janine20 at the checkout then 20% will be donated to the children’s charity Make A Wish. Thank you for supporting.