Sunday, May 20, 2007


UK Nordic Walker Reaches the Magnetic North Pole & Sets a Record!

Thanks to London, UK based Nordic Walking Instructor Charlotte Rehn for this article:

Jan Meek, who used Nordic Walking in her training to walk to the Magnetic North Pole has made it!

The “Carpe Diem" team arrived at the finish at 21.25 local time 3rd May in very good order with smiles all over their faces. Another Polar first with Jan Meek, at a youthful 62, becoming the oldest woman to walk to a Pole - beating the record set by Babs Powell in the 2003 Polar Race.

If I were Saga (UK market leader in holidays for retired people), I would be wanting to sign Jan up as an ambassador as she has surely proven that age is no barrier if you have the mind to do it. She also looks incredible for it as well! Tribute also to her son Dan and his old mate Richard Profit who were with her all the way.

At this stage in the Race I usually heave a great sigh of relief. They are all safely at the finish. A 100% success rate, hence maintaining Polar Adventure's impeccable record in getting people safely to a Pole. Most importantly no major injuries. A tribute to the training programme, the trainers, the race organisation and the determination of the Racers themselves.

Now let us get them safely back to Resolute.”

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


PoleAbout Goes on another WalkAbout 4 Disadvantaged Children


Many thanks to Mike Gates from for the following article


On Friday May 4, 2007, pole walker Peter Oliver will at the age of 59yrs old attempt a 24-hour non-stop pole walk around a 20klm loop of undulating terrain of hills and flats on the tropical North Coast of Australia.This will be the culmination of an intensive training programme that started last November 2006.

The inspiration of the 24-hour walk came from Peter's pole walking mentor and trainer Mike "Walking Wizard" Gates. Mike and his son Jay have both successfully undertaken 24-hour and 36-hour non-stop pole walking challenges, establishing two new world records at that time for the sport on the way; as well as completing an Ultra Pole Walk Challenge of successfully completing just over 2000 Klms in 22 days through the countryside of Australia in May 2004.

In the course of his training program, Peter has lost 30kg and aims to lose several more before he walks. He reckons pole walking "is the best all-round workout you can get," and says the sport has played a major role in his weight loss.He walks 3-4 times a week recreationally, when not in training.

Peter's training regime has included intensive pole walking sessions with his mentor, building up from three hours to six, eight,12 and 14 hours, peaking at 18 hours two weeks before his event. He also does weight training circuitsin the gym twice a week, along with daily stretches and regular massages.

All the funds raised from individual and corporate sponsorship of this important community event will go to aid the Pre-term Infants and Parents Association (PIPA), a support network for premature babies and their families, and the Australian Lions Children's Mobility Foundation, aiding disable children to live the dream of walking. Both Mike and Peter strongly beleive every child is entitled to walk.

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