Walkers smash 20 million steps target
PEOPLE across Northamptonshire clocked up an astounding 27,169,550 steps in just one weekend last month as part of the 20 Million Steps challenge.
The second annual 20 Million Steps weekend took place September 18-20 and saw thousands of people from all over the county go for a walk and log their steps.
The total smashed last year’s figure by a massive three million steps and there were still steps being logged as Extra Local went to press!
Organised by Northamptonshire County Council, the 20 Million Steps campaign aims to encourage people to become more active by going for a walk. Figures show that 67.5% of adults in Northamptonshire are classed as overweight or obese and the county council is tackling this issue by promoting physical exercise. People could go for a walk, wherever they chose, and then logged their steps online: www.20millionsteps.co.uk, while organised walks took place at country parks and libraries.
Cllr Robin Brown county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “I’m delighted with the efforts of people across Northamptonshire who managed to walk an incredible 27 million steps over the course of the weekend.
“I hope that many of the people who took part will see this as the beginning of a positive new habit and start walking more often, thereby helping us to become a happier, healthier county by 2020.”
Pictured above – FIT FOR THE CHALLENGE: Some of the walkers at Corby’s Boating Lake during the 20 Million Step Challenge. In Corby, 209 people walked in the gym, at the library, by the lake and beyond: a total distance of 895.3 miles – equating to 1,790,600 steps. It was a massive increase from 2014’s results when 115 people took part in Corby events, clocking up 230 miles, 461,350 steps.