Walk, walking, walkers
There are two groups of walkers during the week (Tuesday and Thursday) and one on a Sunday morning. All are welcome to join either or both groups.
The morning clinic meets at 8.00 a.m. On Tuesday morning they meet at the clubrooms and on a Thursday they meet at Planet Bike (Waipa). This is all year round.
The evening walkers meet at 5.30 p.m. In the summer they leave from the clubrooms and walk in the forest. In the winter the group meets under the sails in the city focus in town.
The Sunday morning walks start at 7.00 a.m. in the summer and at 7.30 a.m. in the winter. Summer starts the first weekend in October and the winter walks start the first week after the Rotorua marathon.
Remember not to be late – we aim to leave on time. Walkers are not a weather dependent group – they still walk when it rains.
If you have any queries, please email us at email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marathon Walking Clinic
The “Marathon Clinic” starts the second week in October where the walkers commence a full seven month training programme.
New members do need to be able to walk comfortably for 1 ½ hours at the beginning of the walking clinic. So it’s a good idea to start during the winter season if anyone is interested in joining. During the clinic, walks are again set for Tuesday and Thursday, and the longer walks on Sunday mornings.
Walkers are encouraged to have at least 1-2 years regular walking under their belts, plus the full clinic programme before attempting to do a marathon anyway (but there are always exceptions of course).
Over the end stages of the marathon clinic, the longer Sunday walks can reach 6 hours or more, before tapering back down to allow the body to heal and rest for the big day. So if your body is not up to running a marathon, why not try walking one with us!
Saturday Cross Country
The walkers also attend most of the club’s normal winter cross country events; simply walking rather than running. But they still do most of the full (longer) routes as many walkers still need to keep up the distances especially if people are planning on doing half marathons/marathons later in the year.