Fiona Lyon

I’d never heard of Nordic Walking until I saw a FB post and wondered what a crazy friend was up to now. Not a great fan of the gym with some trepidation I booked a taster session. I needn’t have worried, Susan is warm, welcoming, knowledgeable, professional and hilarious, which is just as well because session one was tears of laughter as it seemed I’d lost the ability to put one foot in front of the other. Driving home I told myself “stick with it you idiot, you can walk and that was a lot of fun”. Four enjoyable sessions later I’ve had a LOT of fun, met some lovely people and gained my Freedom Passport.

Yesterday I went on my first Adventure walk with Susan; there I was ‘Nordic Walking’ enjoying fresh air, gorgeous views, exercise and a good old natter with the other walkers. But, best of all I walked all the way up that killer hill without needing a rest part way up (aka stop unable to speak and gasping for air, yes that was me on my first attempt). At the top of that hill with a big smile I thought….. good stuff this Nordic Walking!!!