Nordic walkers raise £2,000 in 50km stride for Wimbledon Guild
A team of Nordic walkers are set to raise more than £2,000 by walking 50km along from London to Surrey.
Sandy Layton, Margaret Pedder, Jackie Reiss and Gill James will be taking part in the Thames Path Challenge on Saturday, September 14, in support of the Wimbledon Guild.
A fifth member, Rhoda Matthews, will be walking in support of Trinity Hospice.
Nordic Walking is a technique that uses 90 per cent of the body’s major muscles and burns 20 to 40 per cent more calories than normal walking. The women, who walk regularly with StrideOutdoors Nordic Walking, founded by Jackie Reiss, have been in training on Wimbledon Common for the past few weeks.
She said: "We are delighted to be helping Wimbledon Guild - we have all lived in the area for many years and see what an important contribution the charity makes to local people.
"We're no spring chickens and the distance is daunting, but we wanted a challenge and I’m confident that walking with poles will help us complete the event."
Wendy Pridmore, chief executive of the Wimbledon Guild, said: "Acts of support such as this allow us to continue providing financial, social and practical support for people in the Wimbledon area and we are extremely grateful for their efforts".
The group will leave Bishops’s Park in Putney at 7am finishing 50 km later in Runnymede, Surrey, or for those walking 25km, Hampton Court.
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