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Sunday 23 October 2016 - Nordic walking for cross country skiers

An afternoon session around Burnham Beeches for LRNSC members

[accessible by car and public transport]

Photo credit: Southbourne Gardens

About this nordic walking session

Cross country skiers have been using nordic walking to train outside the winter season for years so this an opportunity to discover why in a lively afternoon session in and around Burnham Beeches.

If you haven't nordic walked before we'll start with an introduction [cross country skiers usually find their rhythm very quickly] before moving off round the autumn countryside.

If you already nordic walk, you can use this session as a technique refresher that will help you fine tune your nordic walking to benefit your skiing. 

The emphasis will be on getting a workout whilst enjoying this beautiful area - walking at different speeds over different surfaces, predominantly trails and woodland paths, avoiding tarmac as far as possible.   We may add in some other exercises including bounding and running but they will be optional.

Although roller skiing is the best preparation for cross country skiing, not everyone wants to do this or has suitable facilities nearby, and even if you are a roller skier, it's good to have an alternative that frees you from your usual tarmac.

This session is free for LRNSC members.

Equipment - footwear and poles

Footwear should have a flexible sole with some tread for nordic walking so sports, trail or running shoes that you don't mind getting muddy are best.

Poles for nordic walking are shorter than you use for classic skiing - here's a pole size guide.  Skiers, because they're used to using poles, can manage poles approx 5cm longer than the guide suggests but more than that you'll find them awkward on smaller paths and in a group.

If you have your own nordic walking poles please bring them.  Alternatively if you have regular walking poles you could use those - they tend to be a little heavier and with a different type of grip, but the way you use them is what's important.

Or as a nordic walking instructor I have a small stock of poles that can be hired [£3.00] for the session if you request them before 22/10.

Session details

Starts: 1300 till approx 1530

Distance: approx 8km/ 5 miles

Terrain: undulating marked paths & trails

Meeting place: Burnham Beeches car park.  You can get here easily by car and public transport.

Please let me know if you're planning to come

Refreshments: bring drink & a snack in case you get thirsty or peckish en route - there is a cafe at the car park which may still be open after the session, depending on our finish time, alternatively there are several pubs in nearby Farnham Common.

Organiser: Mary Wray, qualified nordic walking, roller ski and cross country ski instructor.

NB It's not suitable for dogs - they think the poles are for them and cattle may be grazing along the route.

Any questions? 

Please contact me.