26 January 2016

Walkers put their best foot forward to clock up a record-breaking 33 million steps as part of Northamptonshire County Council’s 20 Million Steps event in September.

This beat the 2014 event’s total by almost 9 million steps and saw over 30,000 people across the county take part, final figures have revealed.

20 million steps walkers 

More active

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 the weekend:

  • Walkers completed an overall total of 33,172,823 steps
  • Rushden library staff and customers clocked up a massive 500,000 steps
  • 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
  • Substance misuse programme The Bridge’s 51 walkers contributed 228,484 steps

'Healthier and happier'

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.”