Every year we have a club challenge and this year we are excited to announce we are again taking on four stunning routes of the Bath Beat.
Click here to see photos from last year.
It’s an opportunity to put an extra bounce in your Nordic walking step this winter and kick start 2020 in a fabulously energetic way. It’ll be fun training together plus you’ll feel a huge sense of achievement once you’ve completed this challenge. You can see how much fitter you become and this is a way of proving to yourself just what you are capable of.
This event is open to all Bristol Nordic walkers - whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been walking with us for years, this local event will not only be great fun but is stretching enough to push you out of your comfort zone and really boost your fitness. You’ll also feel a massive sense of achievement, especially if you haven’t done any long distance walking in a while.
The Bath Beat is either a run or walk (we’ll be Nordic walking of course) around the edge of the beautiful city of Bath. There are four distances of 12.5, 17, 21 and 26.5 miles and all go through manned and unmanned checkpoints, some of the longer routes have energy boosting treats to keep you going. Now that’s the kind of challenge we like!
Our BNW instructors will be heading up groups of no more than 12 Bristol Nordic walkers and you'll all navigate your way round some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Just choose your distance and we’ll let you know what you need to do and where to meet. We’ll also give you training plans to give you an idea of how much you need to train before the event. We realise that some people may be able to do this without training, but we imagine most walkers will want to increase their walking to feel confident for the day.
There’s a maximum of 400 entrants which is a nice size for an event like this, but it will book up quickly. You can start the 17, 21, and 26 mile routes anytime between 7:30-9:30am and the 12.5 mile route (which will be the most popular distance) between 8:00-9.30am.
To give you a rough idea of how long each route will take, if you are walking the:
12.5 mile route 5-7 hours to complete
17 mile route 6-9 hours
21 mile route 7-10 hours
26.5 mile route 8-11 hours
This will depend on how fast you walk and the conditions on the day, but if you start at 9am and do the 12.5 mile route you have until 5pm to reach the last checkpoint. Loads of time! The route is mainly on track or grass and there is very little tarmac.
So we want you to sign up and join us for this challenge and we will allocate you an instructor who will be in touch shortly. If you are not sure about your fitness level chat to an instructor on your walks or email us.
Cost £20 for all distances and includes entrance fee finishing certificate and training programme.
So enter our club challenge, boost your fitness and have fun! Entries close mid January.
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Please note entry fee is non-refundable and you will be unable to transfer your place to someone else if you are unabe to come. If you wish to walk seperately to the Bristol Nordic Walking teams you can do so by entering via The Bath Beat website.
Depending on which route you take you may pass a number of places of interest.
Starting at Ralph Allen School, you will walk out pass The Bath Dogs Home which was the forerunner for all the dogs homes now found in the country. Next you pass one of the country’s main universities called appropriately University of Bath. Famous for the development of sport you will pass the bobsleigh and bob-skeleton push-start track where Amy Williams trained before winning gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics. A while later you descend to The Avon and Kennet canal which links those rivers together and was built when canals were an important national line of communication. As you leave the canal you pass the The Cross Guns and a while later The Inn at Freshford. Half way around the longer routes and you stop for hot food at Norton St Philip. Norton St Philip also features as a site of a battle in 1865. Sometime later you will see Stoney Littleton Stone barrow. Finally before you get back you walk alongside parts of the disused Somerset Coal Canal and Somerset & Dorset railway line.