Ilkeston walking group feature on Radio 4

Clare Balding, centre, joins EZ Nordic Walkers in Bramcote Hills Park.
Clare Balding, centre, joins EZ Nordic Walkers in Bramcote Hills Park.

Peaks power-walker Catherine Hughes featured on BBC Radio 4 yesterday with Clare Balding as she discussed the growing craze of Nordic walking, which is as good for you as jogging but with less stress on your body.

The 46-year-old national instructor who founded Midlands Nordic Walking in 2006 featured alongside her group of Nordic walkers for the Radio Four show Ramblings.

Sports and exercise consultant and Nordic Walking instructor Catherine Hughes.

Sports and exercise consultant and Nordic Walking instructor Catherine Hughes.

Presenter Clare Balding took to the walking poles for the first time and met the group of “Nordic Ninjas” for a walk in Bramcote Park.

She heard how the special group for people with learning difficulties and carers provides valuable exercise, fresh air and confidence building.

Catherine, from Ilkeston, said: “Clare took time to interview everyone, and she admitted she’d had a very moving experience listening to how Nordic Walking had changed their lives.”

Ms Balding said: “It’s giving people a confidence and making them feel special.”

Clare balding said on the show: “Now, I do a lot of what I call walking but what you call ordinary walking. How does Nordic Walking differ?”

Catherine said: “Can you feel you’re more out of breathe than ordinary walking?

“You’re working at higher intensity aren’t you. Your heart rate is higher and you’re burning 20-40 per cent more calories than ordinary walking and because you’re activating your muscles, you’re spreading the effort over your whole body so it actually feels easier than walking without the poles.”

Ms Hughes added: “The group are getting so confident now, that they are going to take part in the first ever Nordic Walking Challenge event in Wollaton Park on 17th May.”

Ramblings is available on BBC iPlayer.

Visit www.midlandsnordicwalking.org.