Two Eden residents were in the top 11 Nordic Walkers at Saturdays Grasmere Gallop. Michael Blades from Edenhall, was the 8th male to cross the finish line and Debbie Jackman from Penruddock, was joint 2nd lady to finish out of 127 participants.
The Grasmere Gallop has historically been a trail run but in 2012 the 10km Nordic Walk was launched. Prior to promoting the first Nordic Walking event the National Trust gained advise from Debbie Jackman, Nordic Walking Instructor who runs Get-Active.co.uk sessions throughout the Eden Valley. “Nordic Walking is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to get fit. It is social, burns more calories than walking, and tones both your upper and lower body. The National Trust is a step ahead of others bringing the fastest growing sport, Nordic Walking to the Grasmere Gallop” says Debbie.
Nordic Walking was started in the 1930s by cross country skiers who started to use poles in their off season training when there was no snow. They soon realized that the technique was a perfect training aid that kept their heart, lungs plus muscles in top condition.
“The Grasmere Gallop is such a friendly event. I met Sam Armstrong an instructor from Derbyshire on route and we chatted all the way round, pushing each other to a good pace and deciding to finish together.” says Debbie “I would recommend the Grasmere Gallop to everyone.”
If you would like to try out Nordic Walking then check out exercise-anywhere.com or www.get-active.co.uk to find your local instructor.