Thursday, April 17, 2008


Leeds, England on the Map by Malcolm Jarvis

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Nordic walking instructor Tony Pattison who has recently initiated a Nordic Walking project here in Leeds.

Tony, a recently qualified INWA lad, has set up a programme for the over 50’s which he has dubbed “Hardy Perennials” and is planning to use Roundhay Park as his “green gym”. Tony, who lost sight in one eye when young, has obtained sponsorship from the “Ready to Start” programme run by Leonard Cheshire Disability in conjunction with Barclays.

The park, one of the largest in Europe, contains 258 hectares of mixed green space, including woodland and two lakes and has fine paths ideally suited to Nordic Walking. Challenging sections can be had by taking off along some of the quieter but steeper tracks through the woods, or if you are up to it, tackling the infamous Hill 60 which is gives a 200 metre lung-busting work-out!

I hope the Nordic Walking community will wish Tony well in his mission to promote our sport to this important social segment. Tony can be found on the Nordic Walking UK database or can be contacted by email

Malcolm Jarvis Nordic Walker Leeds UK

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