Onboarding for Walk Squad Members
Congratulations on joining Walk Squad!
Bookmark this page so you can come back and find useful resources which can improve your experience with walking.
It should be obvious but needs to be said...
If you have any of the key Covid-19 symptoms please cancel any booking and get yourself tested. We have not had one case traced back to the club so far and we'd like to keep it that way.
We are currently in National Lockdown (7 January 2021) so are not permitted to meet in groups of 3 or more.
We're doing our best to improve the experience for those who walk alone but you'll also be invited to meet up for "Buddy Walks" if that's something you're comfortable to do.
Work your way through the sections below for full details.
The Cheltenham Running Club Member's Facebook group is a supportive and inspiring place to be.
You can inspire other walkers to get out and do their daily exercise by posting about your experience within this group.
The more you interact with the posts in this group the more inspiring member posts Facebook will put in your Newsfeed so go on, share the Loves, Likes and comments to support your fellow members.
The Walk Squad Facebook group is where you'll find other walkers keen to improve fitness and health.
Within this group you'll find posts linking to educational resources, inspiring posts from members and invites to walks around the Cotswolds.
We want your buddy walk experience to be as positive as possible and while we know you'll get on with anyone you meet, the comfortable walking speed of each individual can have an impact on how well it goes.
Please follow the steps below to ensure you're given the best chance of walking with people of similar speed.
1. Download and set up the RunKeeper App
2. Record a Walk
Go out for a walk at the speed you'd like to walk at with your buddies or walking group.
Ideal will be to do an 8-10 minute warm up walk first then some light stretches while your body recovers from the warm up.
Then start recording on RunKeeper and walk for 40 minutes at the speed you feel comfortable with.
Stop recording as soon as you finish the 40 minutes and ensure you save the walk. You'll then be able to look back at the average speed and duration.
3. Submit your Walk Details and Preferences
In order to have the best experience with buddy walks we figure you'd like to walk with people of similar ability right?
4. Get into the WhatsApp Group for your Speed Level
I should then put you into the right WhatsApp group for your ability but if you want to get into that group super fast then send me a WhatsApp message.
I will process the form requests every few days so unless you prompt me you'll have to wait a little before being added.
5. Post a Message to your WhatsApp Group
Post a short message along the following lines:
"Hey Conor here. Is anyone interested in doing some walks around the Pittville area at mid morning or after work? I walk around 5kph."
I know this sounds a little scary as no one wants to have zero reaction to their request for a walking buddy but if you don't post then no-one will answer.
If someone else posts and you can't buddy with them then please say so to ensure they don't feel ignored.
6. Take your Conversation Private
If someone is keen then tell them you'll message them privately in the group.
Look them up in the group area by clicking on the name of the group and finding their phone number.
Save them to your phone and send them a private message asking when would be good to call. On the call you can have a quick chat about the kind of walk you're looking to do and set the time & venue.
7. Confirm the Walk
The only thing worse than being stood up is forgetting to show up!
Make sure you've got the session in your calendar and ideally set an alarm so you don't forget. It's freezing and so you need to be on time or you're not going to be popular.
Sending a short message to confirm the night before is a great way to assure your buddy that you're still keen and could remind them to set that alarm.
If you realise you're not going to make it or even think that you could be late then please let them know asap.
Punctuality may not be high on your values list but if you're kept waiting in the cold for someone who's running 5-minutes late and arrives 15 minutes late then you're unlikely to book another walk with them right?
8. Post About the Walk
Members would love to hear how your walk went so posting some pics and a little review of the route in the members Facebook group can be a nice.
We will be crossing roads and at times you could find yourself having to move on to the road to maintain some distance from pedestrians and other walkers.
Please check your blind spot before stepping on to the road and do not be a sheep when crossing. The club, nor your group leader can be held responsible for any accidents.
We advice bright clothing, especially if walking at night. Reflective clothing or accessories are very cheap but could help keep you safe.
Our walk leaders play a vital role in ensuring new walkers get a great experience first time round.
If you enjoy helping others feel comfortable walking with people they haven't met then we'd love to have you join our group of leaders.
You'll get a great discount on our Walk Squad membership and we'll provide extra training to ensure you know what you're doing as a leader.
Email me (email@example.com) with the subject line "Walk Leader Interest" and I'll reply so we can set up a time to discuss.
We don't actually have an online course for walkers yet but this should be no surprise given the idea of walking groups at Cheltenham Running Club was only conceived in December.
What I can do is enrol you in our Beginner Runner Transformation Course which has loads of great lectures, 90% of which will be relevant to all walkers.
Help Me Make the brand new Better Walking Course!
In order to make a concise walking course I need to know what you want to learn about.