OVER­ACHIEV­ERS OF THE MONTH

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - The View -

‘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!

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