21st Sep, 2020

Redditch Nordic walking instructor to cover 3,000 miles in 2020

Harry Leach 3rd Sep, 2020

A NORDIC walking instructor covering Redditch, Bromsgrove and Droitwich has set himself a 3,000 mile challenge by the end of 2020 – an average of 8.21 miles per day.

Malcolm Church, who works at Mercian Nordic Walking, decided to up the ante after smashing his original target of 1,000 miles by June.

Since then the 68-year-old has completed another 1,000 miles, leaving him with under four months to cover the final third.

So far he has raised more than £600 for homeless charity Socks and Chocs, which will be used to help people with accommodation, clothing and toiletries.

The qualified walk leader said: “I started Nordic walking in 2016 and decided it was the type of activity that could offer everything me and my wife were looking for in order to keep in shape.

“Recently I decided to extend my challenge to hopefully making a total mileage of 3,000 miles walked this year.

“Thank you all to those of you who have already sponsored me for the benefit of Socks and Chocs.”

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking, hill walking or trail running.

The poles are not planted in front of the walker or runner but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body.

It can be done anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.

Visit http://merciannordicwalking.co.uk for more information.

To donate click here.

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