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It’s a Walk-over!

Monday 22nd October 2012

Walking, Leisure and Shopping

Workers, pupils and residents in York have spent the last three weeks walking enough miles to take them from Land’s End to John O’Groats 19.4 times as part of City of York Council’s i-Travel York initiative.

Participants in the first ever York Walking Challenge results clocked up an impressive 16,962 miles on foot. This is the equivalent of burning off ,2950 muffins and saving 2,934 kg of CO2 emissions.

A total of 1,533 miles was clocked up by 11 York workplaces during the challenge. Topping the leader board were Aviva, who managed to maintain an average of 24.7 miles per person in their team.

Thirteen schools took part to record a total of 15,090 miles walked or scooted to school, with Archbishop of York's CE Junior School VC managing to log the most miles of any school with an individual total of 2,639 miles.

Participants from across 10 York areas took to the streets to total 339 miles. The most active team was Haxby and Wigginton with an average of 45 miles walked per person.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: "Well done to everyone who took part and helped add to this impressive final total. Walking has lots of health benefits and is easy to fit into your daily routine, so it’s great to see that so many people got involved in the challenge."

The York Walking Challenge was organised in conjunction with Living Streets, the UK’s leading walking charity.

Although the challenge has now come to an end, there are still regular walks organised in and around the city for residents to participate in.

A new website to help residents, workers and families plan walking routes, whether for health, leisure or simply to get from A to B, is planned for late 2012.