Bramcote Nordic Ninjas Take on Next Challenge

Bramcote Nordic Ninjas Take on Next Challenge

03/06/2016 -Bramcote's very own Nordic Walking Group, the Nordic Ninjas took on the British Nordic Walking Challenge for the second time at Wollaton Park earlier this month.

The group is made up of young walkers, some with learning disabilities, who trained hard for the 5K challenge on Sunday 15th May after completing the challenge for the first time last year.

BBC Presenter Clare Balding visited the group last year for her BBC Radio 4 show, Ramblings.

The Nordic Ninjas was set up by Broxtowe Borough Council's Sport Development Team, Broxtowe Sport, in partnership with British Nordic Walking in 2013 and they meet every Saturday at 2.00pm at Bramcote Leisure Centre.

Claire Swain, from Stapleford who has a learning disability completed the challenge in 48 minutes and 55 seconds. Claire beat her time from last year by 10 minutes, despite still suffering from a chest infection. Claire also made it into the team for the Midlands Nordic Walking Club.

She said:

"I really enjoyed the day, this was my second 5km challenge at Wollaton park. I did one last year and I didn't mind if I didn't beat last year's record just the taking part that was important. When I set off I didn't realise how fast walker I was and when I got to the finish line and swiped off and went to find out the time I got, I then realised that I beat last year's record and had to tell the rest of the team the good news."

One of the fastest people on day was 81 year old Jonathan Silvey from Chilwell. Jonathan, who attends a number of Nordic walking sessions in and around Broxtowe completed the challenge in 45 minutes and 9 seconds.

He said:

"I've been Nordic walking for 6 months. At the age of 81, it seemed one of the best ways to keep fit. When the Nordic Walking Challenge came up, I decided to have a go. It wasn't a race but I wanted to do better than I had on my practice walks. I was delighted to finish in 45 minutes when my target was 50 minutes."

Nordic walking is a walking activity using specially designed poles that provide a whole body workout. Nordic walking is an activity that can be tailored to suit the needs of individuals of all abilities and disabilities.

Nordic walking is a walking activity using two poles and a special technique. Nordic walking can strengthen and tone both the lower and upper body and can burn up to 46% more calories compared to ordinary walking.

For more information please contact Liberty Leisure.

Alternatively for more information about the Nordic Ninja's and the British Nordic Walking Challenge please contact Catherine Hughes on 07940 575 758 or email


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