It’s always nice to hear from people taking part in the Step Count Challenge, and last week we asked you to send in your Step Count stories. Here’s the top 3 winning entries:

Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe photo

Where do you like to walk?
I simply love to explore by day and by night – mountains have a huge appeal to me and make me feel so alive. So far on this years’ challenge, I have been blessed to summit six munros including Ben Nevis, and I travel out to the Isle of Arran tomorrow to hike Goatfell. On the final weekend it is my intention to walk the scenic West Highland Way in two days, sleeping out under the stars (or clouds and rain…)

What do you enjoy the most about walking?
The clarity it brings to my mind and the energy it provides my soul. I do all my planning and thinking when walking, and love the challenge of attempting long long walks and just how far I can go and new sights I can see. Sharing the experiences with like minded people is so very special.

Why did you decide to take part in the Step Count Challenge?
I love a physical challenge and equally love walking so blending them both together was a no-brainer. Being able to be part of a motivated team and enjoy time walking together was exciting too.

If you could go for a walk with anyone in the world, past or present, who would you walk with and why?
I would go walking with Roger Federer, my all time sporting hero. I would have hundreds of questions for him to pass the time and would love to test our endurance together as I learn more about him. We could take racquets with us and play a game of tennis on high up plateaus on far away mountains.

 

Ashleigh Allan

Ashleigh Allan

Where do you like to walk?
In the woods and forests. My dog loves exploring them.

What do you enjoy the most about walking?
It’s an escape, there is no hustle and bustle, just sounds of nature.

Why did you decide to take part in the Step Count Challenge?
To encourage colleagues to get out more during the working day. I go out most lunch times for a walk and other colleagues have wanted to make the time to get away from the desk. Eencouraging them to take part in the challenge has helped them fit more walking into their day.

If you could go for a walk with anyone in the world, past or present, who would you walk with and why?
Michelle Obama – I recently read her autobiography and would love to talk to her more about her life.

 

Elaine Melrose – Overall Winner

Elaine Melrose

Where do you like to walk?
Regularly in Calderglen Country Park, East Kilbride, however I love to try new places too…next stop Tinto!

What do you enjoy the most about walking?
Walking makes me feel happy that I’m taking some time out to clear my head and to enjoy the scenery – come rain or shine.

Why did you decide to take part in the Step Count Challenge?
After I was made redundant from my job after 14 years I joined a new team who are regular participants in the challenge, and they asked me to join their team! They have no idea how much this meant to me and I truly felt part of a team again. My mental and physical health has improved significantly! I am super grateful to them!

If you could go for a walk with anyone in the world, past or present, who would you walk with and why?
It has to be my very supportive husband and my cavapoo, Teddy. Without them, I’d be lost!