The Valley Stompers complete the Autumn Step Count Challenge
3 lengths of the Clyde Walkway
The Valley Stompers completed the four week long Autumn Step Count Challenge with a whopping 1,490,582 steps, coming in at 148th place out of 372! That’s 667 miles – the equivalent of 16.7 lengths of the Clyde Walkway. Whilst we won’t be breaking any records any time soon, it’s certainly affected our awareness of walking and active travel. Here’s how each of us found the challenge:
Ewan Bachell, Development Officer
The Step Count Challenge was really good fun, and the element of competition was a great motivator to get moving whenever you can. It even made me get the exercise bike out again! It also really showed me the contrast between my active weekends and my very sedentary weekdays. It got us all walking again at lunchtimes, and that’s something I’m going to continue doing.
Lorna Diplacito, Finance and Administration Assistant
And rest!……What a great team challenge now converted to walking to work including the steep walk out of new Lanark! Definitely made me more aware of how often I use the car for short trips and my wee dog was very supportive during this challenge!
Karen Dobbins, Development Officer
I already tried to walk to work when I could but the Step Count Challenge really motivated me to do this every day. Also, I realised that on weekend days, if I didn’t go a long walk, I hardly did any steps at all! I really enjoyed the challenge and it has made me realise that the best way for me to keep active is to fit exercise into my working day. It’s probably time to stop walking randomly round the garden in the dark just to increase my step count though!
Sarah O’Sullivan, Communications Officer
I already knew that on days that I work, I really do very few steps – usually from home to my car, car to the office and vice versa, with a few visits to the kitchen for cups of tea thrown in for good measure! It was great to see the evidence in front of me through doing the Step Count Challenge, and realising that there’s small ways that I can increase my activity and feel a lot better for it, even if I can’t face switching from car to train for my commute. Even when it’s really busy at work, I will make an effort to get out for a quick walk at lunchtime, and even when it’s really cold and dark, I will drag myself out after dinner!
Kirsten Robb, Programme Manager
Doing Step Count really brought home the message about how active or inactive my days can be. As I am part time just now, when I can walk or cycle the kids to and from school the steps go right up! I even calculated that I could take the train one day a week then walk to boost my activity. It was great for us a team and am sure, at the very least, that we will keep up our lunch time walks around the lovely New Lanark.
The Step Count Challenge takes place twice yearly, with the next challenge starting in spring.
The benefits of walking, cycling and being more mindful of moving around more in general are well documented. It’s good for you, good for business and good for the environment. Find out more at www.stepcount.org.uk/why-walk/
The Valley Stompers took part in the Step Count Challenge as part of the Make Your Way arts, heritage and active travel project, focussing on connecting communities in Hamilton, Larkhall and Quarter with Chatelherault Country Park. It is funded by Scottish Government Smarter Choices Smarter Places grant, and LEADER and Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP).
Look out for community workshops and events under the ‘events’ menu heading above. A Make Your Way St Andrew’s Day walk takes place at Chatelherault Country Park tomorrow, Thursday 30 November, starting at 10:45am. Find out more here.