December 2017 Newsletter

Ho! Ho! oh no! December already?

Here we are, ready for the final month of the year! Let’s make every count and ensure we do not fall fowl of the Turkey burpers!

Our feature photo shows off our wonderful Nordic Walking Santas at last years Santa Run. Have you had a chance to register and join us this year? Be quick!We shall be closed for Christmas after our Christmas walk on the 16th December. We shall be back for a pre New Year  special on the 30th December. Why not join us and enjoy a bacon roll and Bucks Fizz afterwards.
We are then officially back on Thursday 4th January, 2018.

If you are stuck for Christmas ideas we have our 3JFitness Gift Vouchers plus there are a heap of ideas on the online store, including a special calendar!

Our Reading Half Marathon training has now started but there is still time to get involved. Our weekly program will get you through Christmas and the winter bug season. We train you up slowly to be strong and resilient! Again, just sign up for your place and then book on to our walks to keep yourself focused.

We shall wish you an early Merry Christmas just in case we don’t get to see some of you on our walks this month. Stay warm and bug-free! As always, thank you for your support. Without you, we are not 3JFitness!

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.

We have just one Beginner course for December, by popular request!

Monday 4th December 4pm-6pm – a 2 hour Fast Track to kick start your health goals.

We have 11 FREE Taster sessions in January 2018
Prospect Park Saturday 1pm-2pm –
6th January, or 13th January or 20th January

Prospect Park Monday 11.15am – 12pm –
8th January, or 15th January, or 22nd January

Thatcham Discovery Centre 1Wednesday 1.45am -12.30 –
17th January and 24th January

We have 5 Beginner Courses in January 2018
A special Sunday New Year Kick Start 2 hour Learn to Nordic walk, Prospect Park 10am-12pm
2 hour Fast Track beginner course

Prospect Park Saturday 27th January 1pm-3pm –
2 hour Fast Track beginner course

Prospect Park Monday 29th January 11.15am-12.15pm  –
Three x 1 hour beginner course

Prospect Park Tuesday 30th January 6pm-7pm –
two x 1 1/2 hour beginner course

Thatcham Discovery Centre Wednesday 31st January 11.45am-1.15pm –
two x 1 1/2 hour beginner course

Visit the Online Diary for the up to date information.

December Nordic Walking Schedule

You have your Freedom Passport so now let’s get you involved with our walks across Berkshire.
Please note the walk guide. If in doubt just speak to Janine or Maria.

October Weekly Program
There are now 16 regular walks you can enjoy.
For up to date details check the website.We have four new Gentle Paces groups: 
Monday, Finchampstead (different location each week)
Tuesday, Caversham/Pangbourne (different location each week)
Thursday, Finchampstead (different location each week)
Thursday, Tilehurst Fox and HoundsMonday –
Any Kickstart Monday – Prospect Park 10am
Any Sulham Circulars (60 mins) – Sulham Woods 1.30pm
Gentle Finchampstead (different location each week) 1.30
Any Urban Poling Circulars – Prospect Park 6pm
Any Winter Nordic Walkout – Prospect park 7pm-8.30pm

Tuesday – various locations
Gentle 11.30 60 minute Circular walks

Wednesday –
Any Thatcham Nordic walking for fitness and smiles 10.30am
Moderate walk Caversham Canters  – Caversham Rowing Club 6.30pm

Thursday –
Moderate walk Step Up and Stride Out Linear Park 10.00am
Gentle Finchampstead (different location each week) 1.30
Gentle Janine’s Gentle Pacers – Tilehurst Fox and Hounds 4.45
Moderate Walk  *Tilehurst Fox and Hounds Quiz n Chips Nordic walk night* 90 minutes urban poling circulars this is our new style sociable evening where we will challenge you and then you can relax with us after in the pub, or not.

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

Saturday – a different meeting point each week
Any 60 minute Early Bird Canal stride out 8am
Moderate walk  90 minute Cardio Canal stride outs 9.15pm

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

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.

16th December: Walk up an appetite for our Christmas Walk and Lunch, at the Packhorse, near Mapledurham. Just £35 inclusive. Payable direct to Janine, call or email for details
This event is now full but we have a waiting list.
30th December: Bucks Fizz and Bacon Butty walk – end the year with new friends made, ready to stride out in to the new Year. This is figure-of-8 walk to see in 201-8. Mileage to be confirmed but about 7 miles, on mostly flat terrain. £9 for the walk, payable in advance. £6 for brunch, payable on the day direct to Focus and Hound.
Get Involved with our human powered Lucky Duck Race!
13th – 14th January, 2018

We are the proud creators of the Lucky Duck Race and on a mission to raise £2,000 for the children’s charity Whizzkidz; they provide disabled children with the essential wheelchairs and other mobility equipment they need to lead fun and active childhoods. You simply sign up, do your miles, either running, walking, nordic walking, for example then send proof of the distance recorded on any of the many (free) apps or step gadgets such as Fitbit. Everyone receives a special medal and racing duck!  Read more on the website.

There are four Challenge Series Training dates online for
20th January, 3rd February, 17th February and 3rd March.
Please do sign up for these as we shall incorporate hydration, nutrition, kit and stamina training.
There are some extended sessions in February and March to help with pace and distance.
If you have not received your training email please contact Janine.
If you would like to Nordic Walk this iconic event with us then please email
We were a success at the 2017 event and will inspire Berkshire again!
Let’s keep you safe, on time and avoid getting lost getting to our walks.
Our online booking in system will give you the approximate position of where the walks start.
The system uses google maps and is built into the system. The Google map pin is often placed in correct place but by the default the address it gives is usually something close by. So we add in directions to the venue details script.
Please do double check the directions before leaving so that you know where to go.
For example, The Fox and Hounds, Theale, venue map pin states you park at Greenray Cottages near Sulhampstead.
The directions script gives more information:-  Fox and Hound pub, Theale, off Station Road (from Theale station), onto Hangar Lane and Deans Copse Road (or other way around if you come from the south side).
If you experience a problem finding us, please do let us know so we can clarify the directions. We want to keep you safe and on time.
From January 1st, 2018,
our standard walk prices will increase by a £1. We always offer fantastic value, with at least 16 regular walks to choose from.
We love your encouraging comments.

Nordic walking has been helping our members with:
*Getting Fitter
*Getting more toned
*Losing weight
*Getting in to smaller clothes
*Sleeping better
*Improving back and pos

tural issues
*Loving the new friends and social element of outdoor fun
*The online booking system makes it easy to plan, prepare and commit to health and fitness goals
*Totally addictive fun with variety and giggles.

It’s a sustainable exercise that fits in with agenda; everyone has to walk somewhere.