Record step figures revealed county-wide
THE aim is to walk 20 Million Steps and, last year, local people really did put their best foot forward to meet – and smash – that challenge!
Walkers clocked up a record-breaking 33 million steps as part of Northamptonshire County Council’s 20 Million Steps event last September.
This beat the 2014 event’s total by almost nine million steps and saw more than 30,000 people across the county take part, final figures have now revealed.
Around two-thirds of adults in Northamptonshire are classed as overweight or obese and the aim of the 20 Million Steps campaign is to encourage people to become more active by going for a walk.
People could complete their walk wherever they chose and then log their steps online at www.20millionsteps.co.uk, while organised walks took place at country parks and libraries.
Over that weekend, walkers completed an overall total of 33,172,823 steps. Rushden library staff and customers clocked up a massive 500,000 steps and one four-year-old walker managed a whopping 14,000 steps around Irchester Country Park. The White Company clocked up an astounding 995,264 steps and substance misuse programme The Bridge’s 51 walkers contributed 228,484 steps.
Cllr Robin Brown, county council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “To see so many people getting out in the fresh air and enjoying some physical activity for our 20 Million Steps weekend was fantastic and I’m delighted that the event saw such an increase in walkers taking part.
“The benefits of exercise are well known and walking really is one of the easiest ways for people of all ages to become more active.
“We hope people will be inspired by the success of our 20 Million Steps weekend to make physical activity a part of their daily life and help us to reach our goal of making Northamptonshire a happier, healthier place by 2020.”
The county council’s 2020 Northamptonshire website features lots of information about walking routes in Northamptonshire and advice on health through physical activity.
To find out more, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/2020 or follow @2020Northants on Twitter.
Pictured above – STEPPING OUT IN CORBY: Last year, 209 walkers in and around Corby paced a total distance of 895.3 miles (on treadmills and outdoors), equating to 1,790,600 steps and smashing the previous year’s step amount of 461,350. Can they break their 2015 record this time?