Gregg’s 310000 step challenge -March 2021
Gregg has now raised over a £1000 for the Samaritans by walking over 310000 steps which Is incredible. Gregg told us about his journey.
”So, I have just completed this Challenge! Way back in mid-February the prospect of walking about 8km daily was, I must admit a little daunting – I’ve always enjoyed walking and having moved to Lynton a couple of years ago I still have a lot of exploring to do around our town and coastline. The challenge – and the lockdown have given me the opportunity to do just this!
If you are familiar with Lynton & Lynmouth you will understand that to walk anywhere around here requires a degree of fitness and stamina. I thought I possessed a little of both attributes, but when completing a (to me anyway) pretty substantial distance I started to think again. I don’t believe that there is anywhere locally that might be considered flat! The beautifully level and sandy beaches of Woolacombe and Saunton Sands would have enabled me to complete quite a few thousand steps but they are a car ride way and not allowed so I had to persevere with Exmoor’s wonderfully craggy, but mostly uphill paths. Of course, what goes up must come down, right? Why was it that I seemed to spend more time climbing uphill than down?
I’ve been able to explore the South West Coast Path around me, and have covered the section between Countisbury Hill and Heddons Mouth, taking in Butter Hill, Kipscombe, Watersmeet, Lee Bay, Martinhoe,Woody Bay, Croscombe and South Cleave.
As well as having walked the required 310,000 steps my mobile app has also advised me that I’ve covered 110 miles and burned over 14,000 calories – I should be a rake thin!
The fundraiser is predominantly a facebook-led challenge; you sign up and are sent a one-size-fits-all t shirt to wear whilst walking which is great as it promotes the Samaritans and the freephone number. The trouble was, the walk was during late winter and early spring, so I asked Debbie, and she kindly agreed, to supply me with a Samaritans fleece. Wearing this when it wasn’t raining, I quickly became known around the village, due to the very bright green colour! Walking around the Valley of Rocks one sunny afternoon I was stoppedby someone who asked where Asda was! On the FB page I added a photo and set my fundraising target of £200. At the same time, I put up a few posters in the Ops room at the branch for people to donate. As I went through the weeks it was extremely encouraging to see my FB contributions exceed target and the figure at the time of writing this is £545.00, which goes directly to the Samaritans central charity. In addition to this, friends not on FB and very generous colleagues at the branch have increased this by a further £375.00. With the Gift Aid element added, about £470.00 will come directly to us here at the North Devon & North Cornwall Fabulous!
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated – knowing that I’ve raised over £1,000 for the Samaritans has made it even more worthwhile and it goes without saying that it wouldn’t have been as successful without you!”