Walking the length of the country – and back


From starting out walking on her own, one local now has a whole group following her and they’re covering quite the distance.

Gwenda Nyhon started walking three years ago to improve her health and she is now sharing her love for it with others.

After Mrs Nyhon started walking, one of her friends joined her and the Balclutha Walking Group was born.

Each Thursday the group, which now has over 25 followers, meets to cut laps in the Cross Recreation Centre.

Mrs Nyhon said four laps was equivalent to 1km.

“People usually average 3km but some do four or five .. it’s great in here because we can chat and walk, rain or shine.”

She said although the group was aimed at the older age group, any age was welcome.

The group has recently started mapping the distance they covered. They have already walked the distance of New Zealand and are now on their way back down the country.

Ngaire McCaughan has been part of the walking group for more than a year and said she always looked forward to coming.

“We have a companionship, you get to meet people and chat to them and keep fit at the same time.”

Group member Val Hayes said it was a great way to stay active, “you’ve just got to keep walking.”

Mrs Nyhon said it was great having it at the Cross Recreation Centre as there weren’t any hazards and the surface was perfect, so you didn’t have to worry about falling over.

“It’s fitness and fun with fabulous friends,” she said.

Balclutha Walking Group, Thursdays, 10am. Cross Recreation Centre. All ages, fitness level welcome. Bring $2.