Elizabeth and John

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John and Elizabeth joined Ways to Walk walking group in Kilwinning separately, but soon found the walks allowed them to get to know each other better, so much so that they got married in July 2007! John tells their story.

“I joined Kilwinning walking group in September 2005 but Elizabeth has attended the group since it began three years ago. My reasons for joining the group were mainly for health as I suffered a series of mini-strokes several years ago and I wanted to maintain good health and physical activity. Elizabeth joined after hearing an enthusiastic presentation by the Ways to Walk coordinator, Jackie Wilson. Elizabeth and I knew each other before attending the walking group but meeting again through the group helped us to reminisce about old times. We are both widowed; I lost my wife 4 years ago and Elizabeth’s husband passed away 3 years ago. Elizabeth knew my wife Margaret through teaching Guides together and I found that she knew a lot more about me than I realised!

I have trained as a Volunteer Walk Leader and Elizabeth is set to complete her training this summer. It’s great to get some feedback from walkers when you’ve taken a walk out that they have enjoyed. We also both help to take local schoolchildren out on walks, which is extremely rewarding. 

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The most worthwhile aspect of the walking group has to be the social network between walkers. Elizabeth and I soon found that we were getting along very well and began to meet outside of the walks. We have shared many experiences in the past year, walking being only one of countless happy times together. When we decided to get married in July 2007, the other walkers in the group were thrilled! Although it was a small wedding for close family and friends, we had special tea and cakes on our last walking day before the wedding, as the picture shows.”   

 

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