Gateway Community Walk: get fitter and meet new friends

UPDATE 28/08/15: Gateway Community Walk cancelled

We are sorry to inform you that our Community Walk Event on Thursday 3rd September has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will be rescheduling the Walk to a new date early next year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope you will be able to participate next year.

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On Tuesday 3rd September we’re inviting anyone who’s interested to join us for a healthy, social day out: our Community Walk.

The idea of the Community Walk is simply to take a walk through south Birmingham, from Kings Norton to our offices at Edgbaston, stopping off along the way for refreshments. We’ll provide water and encouragement, and when we get to the Gateway offices we’ll provide lunch and lifts back to Kings Norton.

The walk is open to anyone, whether you’re a client of Gateway’s services or not. Why not ask your friends and family if they fancy a stroll?

We think the full six mile route will take us about three hours and it should be a great opportunity to meet new people and see some bits of the city you might not have seen before – not to mention feeling fitter and healthier!

If you’d rather not do the whole walk you can “hop on and off” at the rest stops. We hope to be at River Brook Surgery in Stirchley at around 12.00, and the mac at Cannon Hill Park at about 13.00.

If you’d like to come along, for any part of the walk, register your interest on 0121 456 7820 or info@gatewayfs.org, so we can start to gauge numbers.

Why walk?

Walking is a great exercise – it’s free, low impact and one of the easiest ways to improve your health and fitness. As the NHS Choices website explains, regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

In previous years, we’ve organised a Fun Run, but we felt that a Community Walk might be more accessible. Although some people ran, the majority of people actually walked the Fun Run route – many with buggies or pushchairs.

Most used it as an opportunity to meet and chat to other people, too, so we know the event also has social benefits for the people taking part, and we’d like to build on that.

The Route

walkingThe route we’ll be taking goes from Kings Norton Surgery on the Redditch Road, and takes in the Rea Valley and Cannon Hill Park. We’ll provide a map on the day, but below is a list of the roads we plan to take, with the times we hope to arrive at each rest stop.

10.30 All walkers must register at Kings Norton Surgery
11.00 Depart Kings Norton Surgery
Pershore Road South
Melchett Road
Lifford Lane
Pershore Road
Fordhouse Lane
Follow Rea Valley route (off road)
Cartland Road
River Brook Drive
12.00 Arrive River Brook Medical Centre
12.20 Depart River Brook Medical Centre
Follow Rea Valley route (off road)
Dads Lane
Cecil Road
Kitchener Road
Follow Rea Valley route (off road)
Cannon Hill Park
13.00 Arrive at Mac, Cannon Hill Park
13.20 Depart Mac, Cannon Hill Park
Edgbaston Road
Pershore Road
Sir Harrys Road
Ampton Road
Carpenter Road
Church Road
Calthorpe Road
Highfield Road
14.00 Arrive at Gateway offices, Chamber of Commerce House, for lunch and refreshments.

Please register your interest on 0121 456 7820 or info@gatewayfs.org if you’d like to join the walk. In the meantime why not start warming up to take part? A little bit of walking each day is good for the body and mind. If you have a Health Trainer, let them know you want to take part in the Gateway Community Walk and they’ll help you to prepare.

We look forward to seeing you!

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