The Instructors

Six instructors make up the Midlands Nordic Walking team. They are trained by British Nordic Walking to the INWA standards and keep themselves up to date with regular CPD events.

To find out more about training to become a Nordic Walking instructor see details on

Catherine Hughes INWA National Coach

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Whether teaching Nordic Walking or working with her personal trainer clients, Catherine loves seeing people fulfilling their potential and enjoying the great outdoors. Catherine said, “I never tire of hearing people’s Nordic Walking stories, of how they’ve lost weight or are sleeping better or just feel they have a new lease of life”. Not only does Catherine run a variety Nordic Walking sessions to cater for a wide range of fitness, she is also one of the Directors of the national organisation British Nordic Walking CIC, a social enterprise that trains people to be Nordic Walking instructors and helps communities set up their own groups. Click here to find out more

Catherine set up Midlands Nordic Walking to enable people to get fit in an enjoyable and social way outside in the natural environment.

Rachel Davis INWA Instructor

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Rachel has always enjoyed getting out into the countryside and finds Nordic walking a great way to explore Derbyshire . She covers classes when Catherine is on holiday and also runs classes in Ilkeston under the Erewash Village Games banner.

Use the contact us button to find out more about these classes on Tuesdays (Victoria Baths) at 10:30am and Fridays (Gallows Inn) at 10:00am or ring Rachel's mobile on 07508 841 364

Julie Todd INWA Instructor

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A mum of two, Julie has been Nordic Walking since 2007. When not teaching people how to Nordic Walk she is busy working as a complementary therapist. She recommends Nordic Walking for loosening up tight areas in the neck and back.Julie teaches two classes in Bramcote Park on Thursday mornings and evenings.

Gabby Halverson INWA Instructor

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Although fairly new to Nordic Walking, Gabby is a very enthusiastic advocate of the activity. As an expat from the southern United States she has found it to not only be a fun way to get fit but also great for getting to know the area. "Nordic Walking is an awesome activity that can easily be adapted to any fitness level and is fun for all ages. As an avid runner and Nordic Walker it's my goal to convince other runners to give it a try at least once because of the full body cross training benefits it provides."

Gabby covers Catherine's and Rachel's classes when they are not available.

Nicky Godridge INWA Instructor

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Nicky is a very experienced PE teacher who currently works in junior and infant schools and has previous experience in secondary education. Her immense experience in teaching enables her to add lots of variety to her Nordic Walking sessions in both schools and the community.

She says that "Nordic walking has benefits for a huge range of people of all ages; not least getting away from the computer screen and out into green spaces".