OVERACHIEVERS OF THE MONTH
‘Not superhuman, just super-determined!’ We hear from a handful of impressive sods – of whom we’re not envious at all. Jade Scott, 36, from Dundee – 1012 miles How on earth have you hit 1000 miles already?! Are you super-human? Not super human, just super determined. Small things add up – walking at lunchtime, getting off the bus a few stops early, playing in the garden with my daughter, forcing myself to go for walks in all sorts of weather when I wouldn’t have bothered before. Did you surprise yourself? Yes! It’s the only challenge I’ve stuck to. I enjoy it and it’s easy to fit it in to a busy working week. Now I’m going for 3000.
Eddie Wilson, 54, from Swindon – 1127 miles Did you surprise yourself? Yes very much so, I was a real couch potato until I got involved! Now I’m walking in all weathers and I’ve shed three stone in the process. Any tips for us? Don’t listen to the doubters, do it for yourself. I’m aiming for 2000 by the end of the year and I’m having fun doing it.
Maria McGerty, 44, from Carmarthen – 1004 miles What’s been the highlight? I like all of my walks – I think my favourites have been sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast path, but even if you just do the same walk over and over again the changes you will see as time passes through the seasons are amazing. What’s next? My focus right now is to walk 500 miles for #500milesummer, of course!
Susan Miller, 54, from Wigan – 1019 miles How did you choose to do your challenge? By counting every step I take – exercises in the house, in the gym, lots of walks of course, dancing while watching The X Factor, marching on the spot while watching the Winter Olympics, you name it! I’m aiming for 3650 counting everything. Any advice for us? No matter what your mileage is at present you’re doing great and you have certainly done much more than all the couch potatoes out there!