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WADAC has an active race-walking group coached by Claire Mitchell - anyone can run but would you like to learn to walk really fast?

Would you like to learn to walk faster than many runners? Then race walking could be for you. Winchester’s Race Walkers are a friendly group of teenagers to veterans and are active at local, county, regional and national level. We aim to improve technique, fitness and get faster in a supportive friendly environment.

If you’re looking for a great workout and to improve strength, coordination and mobility then give race walking a go. Starting out, you can think of it as basically fast walking. As you improve the challenge is to follow two main rules to be a ‘legal’ race walker:

1. One foot must be on the ground at all times, and

2. The knee of the lead leg must be straightened as soon as the foot touches the ground until it passes under the body.

If this sounds confusing, just imagine your feet rolling like Squidward or Snoopy! This can make race walking a tricky challenge, as we can’t use normal walking technique but it also makes it a safe way to build up fitness. Once you've mastered the technique, you can use race walking to support your other sports or pursue it as a competitive sport that has been in the Olympics since 1904. Competitions take place on either roads or on running tracks, typically starting out with distances of 2km up to 10km for junior athletes.

You may have seen us training at the track or on the paths, it’s a great way to keep fit and supplement your current training so why not give it a go? All are welcome, from beginners upwards. Contact us at racewalking@wadac.org.uk to find out more.