Let's Step to It

Our Let's Step to It challenge has begun!  Over 50 walkers are working together to walk 500 miles and so far, so good!  If you'd like to learn more about Step to It, please give us a ring on 0191 438 1721 or email getinvolved (at) gatesheadopa (dot) org (dot) uk.

 

Let’s Step to It: Week 7

Congratulations everyone!

Last week we arrived at our destination a week early after walking through Germany, Finland, and Norway before arriving at the North Pole.

So for our final week before Christmas we thought we’d figure out where we would have got to if we had walked in a different direction.

This week we added another 1,712,987 (856 miles) to our step count and our combined steps have got us to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India!

The mausoleum was commissioned in 1632 by the reigning emperor to house the body of his favourite wife.

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Over the last 7 weeks we have:

  • Walked 10,615,393 steps, which is 5,308 miles

  • Burned around 424,640 calories. That’s around 1,415 mince pies!

It’s been an amazing effort from everyone and you should all be very proud of where we’ve got to as a team.

We’re having a break over Christmas and we’ll start counting steps again on Monday 4th January 2021. We’ll start again from the Taj Mahal and see where 2021 takes us!

Well done everyone!

Have a very Merry Christmas. Stay safe. :)

 

 

Let’s Step to It: Week 5

Greetings from Svalbard!

Hello everyone! As a group we’ve walked a total of 1,778,654 steps this week which is a fabulous 889 miles! In total we’ve walked 7,168,648 steps, 3,584 miles.

We left Tromso in Norway last week and we’ve now left mainland Europe and are well on our way to the North Pole!

We’ve reached the islands of Svalbard, just south of the Arctic Ocean, about halfway between Norway and the North Pole. The most iconic residents of Svalbard are the polar bears, and you might also see some reindeer and arctic foxes.

Winter temperatures here are around minus 18c so we hope you’ve packed some warm clothes and like last week, we’re in the polar winter so the sun won’t rise for another couple of months.  Don’t worry about the cold though, we can all have a well earned cocktail at the Radisson Blu Polar Bear Hotel in Longyearbyen, which also has a sauna and outdoor hot tubs to ease away any aches from our walk!

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Individual awards this week:

Two people achieved their 10,000 step, 5 mile award

Two people achieved their 50,000 step, 25 mile award

Two people achieved their 100,000 step 50 mile award

Nine people achieved their 200,000 step 100 mile award

Seven people achieved their 300,000 step 150 mile award

 

Elaine is our WOW! Walker of the Week with a fantastic 97,189 steps. Well done Elaine!

 

We’ll be texting everyone with a group and individual update. If you’ve gained an award this week, check your emails for your certificate.

Well done everyone. Keep stepping!

 

Let’s Step to It: Week 4

Hallo from Let’s Step to It!

It’s been another fantastic week everyone! As a group we’ve walked a total of 1,784,982 steps this week which is an incredible 892 miles! In total we’ve walked 5,301,028 steps, 2,651 miles.

We left Hudiksvall in Sweden last week and we made it to Santa’s Village in Lapland, Finland. Hope you had your lists ready!! But we didn’t stop there!

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Our huge step count means we’ve now made it to Tromso on the north coast of Norway. We’re 187 miles inside the Arctic Circle now meaning from 28 November it will be permanently dark and the sun won’t rise above the horizon again until 14 January. What that does mean though is it’s a great place to enjoy the Northern Lights!

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 More individual awards this week:

Six people achieved their 20,000 step, 10 mile award

Four people achieved their 50,000 step, 25 mile award

Eleven people achieved their 100,000 step 50 mile award

Four people achieved their 200,000 step 50 mile award

 

Linda is our WOW! Walker of the Week with a fantastic 111,396 steps. Well done Linda!

 

We’ll be texting everyone with a group and individual update. If you’ve gained an award this week, check your emails for your certificate J

Keep an eye on the Let’s Step to It! page of the Gateshead Older People’s Assembly as we start adding more information.

Well done everyone. Keep Stepping!

We’re on our way to the North Pole now and hopefully we’ll get there in time to help out on the 24th!

 

Week 3

It’s been another great week folks! As a group we’ve walked a total of 1,498,451 steps this week which is an incredible 749 miles! In total we’ve walked 3,516,046 steps, 1,758 miles.

We’re on our way to Santa’s Village in Lapland, Finland to drop off our Christmas lists before heading up to the North Pole to help the big fella in the red coat with final preparations before the big day.

After leaving Hamburg last week, we’ve made it to the small town of Hudiksvall on the east coast of Sweden. It is also known as Glada Hudik (Happy Hudik) due to its friendly residents and lively social life!

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More individual awards this week:

Four people achieved their 10,000 step, 5 mile award

Two people achieved their 20,000 step, 10 mile award

Eight people achieved their 50,000 step, 25 mile award

Eight people achieved their 100,000 step 50 mile awards

Three people achieved their 200,000 step 50 mile awards

 

Elaine is our WOW! Walker of the Week with a fantastic 89,619 steps. Well done Elaine!

 

We’ll be texting everyone with a group and individual update. If you’ve gained an award this week, check your emails for your certificate J

Keep an eye on the Let’s Step to It! page of the Gateshead Older People’s Assembly as we start adding more information.

Well done everyone. Keep Stepping! If we keep up the same pace we’ll easily make it to Santa’s Village by next week so wrap up and make sure you’ve got your lists ready!

 

Week 2

Hello again from Let’s Step to It!

What a great week we’ve all had!

We smashed the previous week’s combined total and as a group this week we’ve walked a total of 1,252,469 steps which is an amazing 626 miles!

We set off from Guernsey this week and we’ve now reached Hamburg, Germany, just in time for a stroll around the Christmas markets with some gluhwein!

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Even more individual awards this week as well:

Four people achieved their 10,000 step, 5 mile award

Seven people achieved their 20,000 step, 10 mile award

Twelve people achieved their 50,000 step, 25 mile award

Four people achieved their 100,000 step 50 mile awards

 

Andrea is our WOW! Walker of the week with a fantastic 87,044 steps. Well done Andrea!

 

We’ll be texting everyone with a group and individual update. If you’ve gained an award this week, check your emails for your certificate!

Keep an eye on the Let’s Step to It! page of the Gateshead Older People’s Assembly as we start adding more information.

Well done everyone.

Keep Stepping!...where will we get to next week?

 

Week 1

Hello from Let’s Step to It!

We’ve had a great first week of walking!

As a group we walked a total of 765,126 steps which is a whopping 383 miles!

That’s the equivalent of walking from Gateshead to Guernsey so you should be very proud of your efforts.

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Lots of you gained awards this week:

Two people achieved their 10,000 step, 5 mile award

Six people achieved their 20,000 step, 10 mile award

Five people achieved their 50,000 step, 25 mile award

Two people achieved their 100,000 step 50 mile awards

 

Joan was our WOW! Walker of the week with a whopping 103,021 steps. Well done Joan!

 

We’ve got over 50 walkers on the team now so this week we should be able to walk even further.

Well done everyone.

Keep Stepping!