Cramlington staff’s boots are made for walking

Staff at Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington have put their best feet forward to take part in a walking challenge.

Between them, staff clocked up nearly 740 miles on foot during the challenge, which was organised by Go Smarter to Work, the North East sustainable travel programme which encourages people to use sustainable and active methods of travel to get to and from work.

Andy Chymera from Go Smarter to Work, Northumberland explained: “We organised a week-long challenge to see which team of Manor Walks staff could cover the largest number of miles on foot.

“As well as helping people find out how they can use active forms of transport, including walking, we want to help build a fitter, healthier workforce and the challenge was a great way to get everyone involved.”

Go Smarter to Work provided the competing teams with pedometers to record the number of steps they took, and the winning team walked nearly 320,000 steps, or 160 miles, between them during the week.

Vikki Mather, Marketing Community & Engagement Officer at Manor Walks said: “The teams have all enjoyed taking part in the challenge, it has really motivated them into walking more and is something we will definitely look to hold again next year.”

Andy Chymera from Go Smarter to Work, Northumberland added: “Walking to work can really boost people’s fitness and this has been shown to reduce levels of staff sickness, stress and absence, and to increase productivity. We hope people enjoyed the week and that it’s inspired them to walk more in the future.”

Go Smarter to Work encourages businesses and staff across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear to be more sustainable and active by promoting car sharing, public transport, walking and cycling in order to reduce congestion, fuel emissions and benefit people’s health.

Manor Walks staff were also provided with public transport travel vouchers, cycling equipment and information on ‘green’ driving courses which can help to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.