About Us

Nordic Walking Preston

Nordic walking Preston is a Delivery Partner for Nordic Walking UK. We offer taster sessions, Learn to Nordic Walk courses and regular walks on the beautiful parklands and open spaces in and around Preston, Lancashire. For 2016 we are expanding the number of instructors and walks. There will be monthly time trials, as well as Adventure walks at locations across the country under the expert guidance of our Delivery Partner colleagues.

Since 2015 Nordic Walking Preston has expanded it’s range of services to ensure that you are able to stay fit, strong, healthy and active into the later years of your life. Evidence-based science is finally starting to catch up with what we have known for years – that we don’t have to slow down, degrade and suffer with all manner of aches, pains, and ailments as we age.

The three pillars to healthy, active ageing are keeping an active mind, an active body, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle by virtue of how we think, speak, move, eat, and rest.

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Matt Gibbs

After transforming his health in 2011 Matt has been helping others around the world make significant changes in their health and wellbeing. Matt got interested in Nordic walking because he felt it really is the perfect way to progress from walking into a more active lifestyle.

Matt’s speciality is helping people who are stuck in a rut with their health, weight, or fitness, or have specific health complaints or conditions that require a more holistic approach to making improvements. Whether it’s returning from injury, or overcoming specific obstacles to achieving vibrant health Matt is here to help, guide and encourage you to expect and achieve more out of life.

Dawn McLean

Dawn McLean runs taster sessions, Learn to courses and regular Nordic Walking groups in Preston, meeting in Fulwood and also Avenham Park.  She is exercise referral qualified and her workout and wellbeing walks run all year round, both daytime and evening, catering for a wide range of fitness and abilities.

Once a month or so, her group goes a little further afield with much longer adventure walks, which include a meal out, ranging from a picnic to a butty at a café during the walk or to a pub at the end of the day.

You are most welcome to join her friendly and sociable groups and Dawn looks forward to meeting you.  Poles and smiles provided. 🙂


Paul Gibbs

Paul is a walk leader for Nordic Walking Preston.

Paul is Matt’s dad and was first introduced to Nordic walking by Matt after being inspired by Matt’s own health transformation.  He followed the Learn to Course at the end of 2015, but then had a break from the group following an extended holiday in the first part of 2016.  He is now back to enjoying regular walks with the group, particularly on Saturday mornings mainly round the parks in Preston.  He loves the opportunity to exercise with others in an outdoor environment rather than the confined space of a gym or exercise hall.

Like other walk leaders he has followed leadership and first aid courses to ensure he is suitably qualified, though not yet eligible to instruct, that remains Matt’s responsibility.  As the number of participants increases Paul and the other leaders will be able to assist Matt in managing larger groups of differing experience and abilities.


Andy Harrison

Andy is a walk leader for Nordic Walking Preston.

As a keen hockey player and occasional gym member, Andy initially started Nordic Walking to support his wife, Susan, in her fitness journey. He couldn’t see what benefit having the extra poles would give.

However after the accelerated learning course in April 2016 and under 5 months of regular walking, he’s completely changed his mind and has noticed the difference in his fitness to the point where at the beginning of the hockey season, his team mates were commenting on the fact he was able to run around the pitch a lot more than he did before.

Since then Andy has attended regular walks, from the Saturday morning shake ups, to the Wednesday night wind down and the occasional adventure walk at the weekend with other Nordic Walking groups.

He is enjoying being outdoors, finding new bits of Preston he’d not seen and socialising with the group on and off the walks.

In 2017 he is looking forward to expanding the range of walks provided by the group and helping others on their fitness journey.

Michael Kearney

Michael is a walk leader for Nordic Walking Preston.

Michael is Reiki master, health coach and teacher of meditation and has spent many years helping people around Preston and the Fylde coast get their health on track.

Personally after failing at many fad diets, weigh & pay clubs and only lifting heavy weights to “keep fit” he ballooned to nearly 20 stone (Nov 14) Michael needed to get his own health drastically under control, he initially gave up drinking alcohol and embraced a more healthy way of eating he embraced lots of different ways of keeping fit including spinning classes, bodypump, running and Nordic Walking, so far he lost 77lbs (as of Nov 16)

Running has become one of his more challenging activities and completed his 5mile trail race on Xmas eve 2016, swiftly following this he entered 10km road races and is interested in using Nordic Walking as part of his training strategy for his personal charity challenge in 2017 – moving 1000 miles for Prostate cancer U.K., by foot, cycle or swim (any donations welcome), which will also see him complete half marathons, both in running and Nordic Walking.

After spending a large percentage of his 30’s as a couch Potato his ultimate aim with the help of Nordic Walking Preston is to compete in 2018 as an ultramarathon runner.

Since getting involved with Nordic Walking, Michael has noticed definite changes in his posture not only whilst training but also in everyday life too.

Sue Harrison

Sue is a walk leader for Nordic Walking Preston.

Sue took up Nordic Walking in April 2016 and has fallen totally in love with it.

After previous knee and ankle injuries, walking with Nordic poles has given her the confidence to get back into the countryside.

Sue finds the Saturday morning walks are the best start to her weekend. They never seem a chore like going to the gym did. No matter what the weather!

Walking with the group has helped to counteract work stress and boosted her overall mood.

Sue has seen improvements in her fitness and stamina since walking with the group. She’s looking forward to taking on some 10k challenges in 2017.

Lenka Gibbs

Lenka is a walk leader for Nordic Walking Preston.


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