Heart attacks and surgery won’t stop keen Grantham walker

Nordic walking instructor Bob Perkins.
Nordic walking instructor Bob Perkins.
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Despite two heart attacks and open heart surgery scheduled for September, a Grantham man is planning a ten mile sponsored walk.

Since his health scares 55-year-old Bob Perkins has taken up Nordic walking, which involves using sticks similar to ski poles to give a complete body workout.

The walk will take in sights including the canal.

The walk will take in sights including the canal.

Bob from Springfield Road said: “Instead of laying down and playing dead I became a Nordic walking instructor.

“The Nordic aspect is walking using poles for propulsion so you use your whole body. That’s why it is great for cardio.”

After struggling to find any sponsored walks in aid of the British Heart Foundation, Bob decided to organise his own which he has called 10, 9, 8 because it it ten miles on 
the ninth day of the eight month.

The route will start and end at the Gregory Arms at Harlaxton, and take in sights along The Drift, the canal, Denton Reservoir and Westry Corner, with a climb up Casthorpe Hill to enjoy the views over the Vale of Belvoir before a break at The Dirty Duck at Woolsthorpe.

Bob who fits in his instructor role alongside his job at Moy Park, has been training those who have already signed up in preparation, but is also on the lookout for more people to get involved.

“It is something that anybody can do, and there are huge health benefits.

“And of course through 10, 9, 8 we hope to raise lots of money for the British Heart Foundation.”

If you would like to participate in the walk on August 9 you can contact Bob via the Facebook group Walk Tall Nordic Walking.

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/teams/walktall