WALX Preston

Matt Gibbs - WALX Master

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Walx Preston is a community of people who love exploring the great outdoors, meeting new friends and building their health and fitness whilst having fun.

We have a rolling schedule of weekly Walx across Preston, South Ribble and Chorley areas.

We provide walks under our dedicated formats of Explorer WalxTotal Body WalxWellness Walx, and Community Walx. Find out more here on our webpage, or view our informative content on social media. To fully experience what we are about please join us on our Drop-In Walx.

We are eager to connect with local businesses, community groups, schools, charities, church groups, the NHS, GP surgeries, and social venues to cooperate, collaborate and collectively ensure we proactively support population health improvement by making regular movement accessible, easy and fun.

We offer WALX in the safety of a group, with knowledgeable WALX Guides and Coaches plus fabulous company. Discover new paths, new friends, renewed energy, improved sleep, a positive and healthier body.

No more worries about finding a willing person to walk with, or worry about getting lost or even where to walk; we take away the pressure so you can enjoy at leisure.

Contact us today for further information on how you can benefit from joining our Community.

Email: info@walxpreston.co.uk

Call: 07530 813225


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    Meet the Team

    Matt Gibbs

    Role: Chief Motivator

    After transforming his health in 2011 Matt has been helping others around the world make significant changes in their health and wellbeing.

    Matt is the Walx Master at Walx Preston and is a keen advocate for encouraging our members to share their diverse skills and quirks to the benefit of the whole community.

    Matt’s vision is to create a community of 10000+ people across the wider Preston area from all backgrounds, ages and cultures who share the common goal of walking and talking together to shape their own wellbeing, and in doing so make Preston the healthiest city in the UK.

    Everybody would want their kids to be in the best of health and flourish throughout their life. Likewise, nobody would want to see their parents suffer a miserable decline in health in later years. We therefore find ourselves with the task of becoming the example to inspire, educate, motivate and support our family, friends and colleagues build their health, strength, and fitness each and every day.

    We hope you will join us.

    Di Duckworth

    Role: Chief of Social Events

    Di is the Social Committee Manager and heads up the team that organises social events and outings for our members. Di is also a Walx Guide.

    Di took early retirement in 2015 after almost 30 years in a sedentary office job. She frequently suffered with lower back pain as a result of hours sitting hunched over a computer.

    Having seen a leaflet advertising Nordic Walking in the chiropractors she found the idea of this attractive for a number of reasons. Firstly it was a step up from the canal side strolls she was currently doing so she would be able to up her fitness and hopefully assist her weight loss goals. But more importantly it meant she would not be restricted to where and when she could walk which she was when walking on her own. It gave Di confidence to know she would be walking in company.

    Walx attracts people from different age groups and backgrounds so there is always someone to chat to and a post walk coffee is often suggested. The group sizes vary depending on the time of day and venue but Di has found it a wonderful way to meet people and has made some great new friends.

    We are a very sociable group so there are regular opportunities to meet up for meals, trips to the theatre or cinema and even holidays or weekends away.

    Angela Clarke

    Role: Chief Angel

    Angela is a Walx Guide for Walx Preston.

    Angela Clarke joined a Learn To Nordic Walk session in November 2016. She admits that on joining it she had no intention of joining a walking group, but instead thought it was a way of participating in Saturday morning park runs at Avenham Park, without putting the stress on her joints and sustaining an injury as she had done while ‘jogging’ the free 5k park runs.
    Angela was hooked from the first session and loved it so much that a year later she became a walk leader.
    Angela was part of the Nordic Walking Preston delivery team and is looking forward to introducing more people to the group through Walx Preston.
    As a Mental Health Professional Angela appreciates the importance of physical activity and social inclusion and believes that simple fun activities can improve a person’s quality of life … at any age and at any ability level.

    Lenka Gibbs

    Role: Chief of Belief

    Lenka is a Walx Guide for Walx Preston.

    Lenka has been involved with Nordic walking since her husband Matt started developing the Nordic walking group in Preston. She originally accompanied Matt on his walks to “help out” but soon realized how much personal gain and benefit she gets from regular physical exercise and social interaction with the group members.

    Lenka moved to the U.K. in 2008 and starting her life from scratch in a foreign country has not always been easy. The group has provided Lenka with so many wonderful connections, enormously improving her self-confidence and most importantly it has brought her lifetime friendships and a feeling of belonging. Something Lenka has been missing for a long time since relocating to the U.K.

    The Nordic Walking Preston group has truly become another family for the entire Gibbs family – Lenka, Matt, their son Johnny and daughter Ellie all take part in various groups activities such as Explorer walks, official and “unofficial” social events.

    Lenka is proud to be Walx Guide for Walx Preston. As the group has given so much to her, she wants to give back so she is always there for anyone who wants to have a chat about life, children or anything they want to get off their chest whilst walking.

    Chris Lomas

    Role: Chief Community Chatterer

    Chris is a member of the Social Committee and participates in organising social events and walks for our members.

    A friend introduced me to Matt and Nordic Walking in June 2016 a challenging time in my life.

    I suffer with epilepsy and found myself lost and alone with no confidence and very low self-esteem.

    I had kept myself reasonably fit with walking, fell-walking and going to the gym and found I instantly took to Nordic Walking as a new way of exercising. 

    I have now completed several 10k Walk competitions and had the confidence and belief to complete the 21 mile Preston Guild Wheel Walk all with the help and encouragement which has come from the truly wonderful and very dear friends I’ve made. I couldn’t imagine my life without them all or the Nordic Walking now.

    Gill Finn

    Role: Chief Stuntwoman

    Gill is a Walx Guide for Walx Preston.

    After having to give up running due to a back injury a friend suggested I give Nordic Walking a try. I took my taster session in January 2017 and was immediately hooked. I completed my course in February 2017 and since then there has been no stopping me.
    After a month of walking I was signed off by my physio as my back and core had vastly improved. To the point that I have been able to take myself up to the Lake District for some hill walking.
    I have made many new friends through Nordic Walking which was another bonus after living abroad for 18 years.
    Together we encourage and help each other with our group walks and challenges. Always looking to the future for further activities and challenges. Walx Preston is not just a walking group but a family.

    Gill Mason

    Role: Chief Opportunity Seeker

    Gill is a Walx Guide for Walx Preston.

    I was looking for ways to improve my general health and fitness without it impacting on my weekends with the family. Knowing that the children would be leaving home in a few years to go to university I was also looking for things to do so I wasn’t bored when they went and that I would be sat at home twiddling my thumbs. Nordic walking fit the bill perfectly and I was amazed at how much better I felt after only a short time. I was welcomed into the group which has continued with the activities we do, whether it be nordic walks or a social activity. There is such a variety and there is nothing better than coming to the finish of a 10K race and be cheered on by everyone. It is such a fun, active, social group I wouldn’t be without it now, always there to support you when you need it.

    Rob Molyneux

    Role: Chief Fixer

    Rob is a veteran Therapist/Exercise Physiologist of over 25 years who is able to fix you and and make you feel better after just three sessions of his unique New Vision Therapy Program or you don’t have to pay.

    Rob loves being in the outdoors and is an orienteering instructor, keen cyclist and walker and is someone who loves to be out in the open and connect with nature through his training in stress management, yoga and mindfulness. He advocates stopping each day to ‘Have a look at the day’ to help with your mental health especially if done in an extensive outdoor space such as a park. As a therapist he regularly encourages his clients to walk instead of running to preserve their physical health over rime or to build it up.

    He loves to walk and go off the beaten track to see a more varied, rare types of wildlife and always has his monocular available to get a closer look at the local wildlife. He regular takes wildlife/natural pictures and posts them on social media for everyone to enjoy.

    Being some who loves a natter and connecting with people of all ages there is nothing more that he likes to do than walking and talking in a picturesque outdoor environment.