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Do you want to get fit and learn how to walk faster than many runners? If so, race walking is for you! Come and try WADAC’s successful race walking group.

Are you looking to try something different or a new challenge? Anyone can walk and anyone can run but can you walk as fast as you can run? That’s race walking! Once you’ve learned the technique it keeps you as fit as running, while building strength and flexibility.

Winchester’s Race Walkers are a group of teenagers to veterans. We aim to improve technique, fitness and get faster in a supportive friendly environment. Starting out, you can think of it as basically fast walking. As you improve, the challenge is to follow two main rules:

  • One foot must look like it’s on the ground at all times, and
  • The lead leg must be straightened as soon as the foot touches the ground until it’s gone under your body.

The Race Walking Association and England Athletics is keen to support more athletes to take up the sport, providing training and competing opportunities. Practically anyone can walk and we welcome all abilities. You can use race walking to support your other sports or pursue it as a competitive event. Competitions take place either on roads or running tracks, starting out with distances of 1km up to 10km for junior athletes.

Our race walkers compete at all levels from local to international. We typically train twice a week, Wednesday on-track and Saturday off-track. With the Hampshire Championships coming up in May start now and give it a go! Contact Clare Mitchell at racewalking@wadac.org.uk to find out more.