Amanda, from team “The Carbon Footprints” at the University of St Andrews, wrote to us about an epic day’s walking she did whilst taking part in this year’s Step Count Challenge.

“Last year my highest total steps in one day was 54,000, when I did the West Highland Way, so this year I thought I would aim to beat it.”

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“I live in Dunfermline, so I thought a good challenge would be to walk from my home to work in St Andrews, usually a 60 minute car journey. Leaving at 4.30am on Saturday morning, me and my best friend Anne-Marie Barr headed from Dunfermline, passing through Lochore Meadows, Glenrothes, Markinch, Star, Ceres and Craigtoun Park on the way before reaching St Andrews at 00.30am on Sunday morning.”

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“My total steps for Saturday were 92,865 – we were still walking after midnight so the walk included 3,000 more than this total. In 20 hours the total distance we walked was 40 miles.”

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“Several blisters appeared once we reached Kinglassie but we hobbled on for what seemed forever, stopping a few times along the way for a well-deserved cold drink.”

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“Feet are in absolute bits, but really glad I did the walk even though there were many, many tears on the way.”

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Well done Amanda and Anne-Marie – we hope your feet have recovered!