North East water company workers and their families have taken steps to improve their health and fitness – millions of steps, in fact.
A total of 270 people signed up to take part in this year’s Northumbrian Water Walking Challenge, individually, in pairs, in work teams and as families.
Between them they took 273 million steps - the equivalent of about 129,000 miles or five times round the world - in just three months.
The top individual performer was senior laboratory technician John Garrod, from Blyth, who strode out an impressive 2,985,465 times.
The best pair was HR business analyst Andreas Kyprianou, from Middlesbrough, and payroll assistant Josh Beswick, from Belmont, Durham, who managed to clock up a joint total of 3,379,180 steps.
The team winners were project managers Graham Watson, from Durham; Brian Ford, from Hunwick near Crook; Danny Coyne, from Jarrow; Ian Cunliffe, from Stockton and Mike Ciaraldi, of Gateshead; investment delivery team leader Richard Woodhouse, from Cramlington and capital plan co-ordinator Stuart Smith, who lives in Consett. Their pedometers recorded a grand total of 16,394,924 steps.
Northumbrian Water offers a range of events and services to promote wellbeing among its workforce. These include stress management support, an on site physiotherapy service delivered by RehabWorks and health benefits such as Cycle2Work, eye care vouchers, private healthcare and discounted medicals.
Sharon Ravenhall, Northumbrian Water’s HR and Wellbeing manager, said: “Walking is one of the best and easiest ways to improve your health and general wellbeing. It’s a great way to keep fit that doesn’t involve expensive equipment or gym fees.
“Those participating in this year’s walking challenge included family members, and the fact that they clocked up 273 million steps in three months is amazing. Well done to everyone who took part.”
For more information contact Mike Chipchase on 0191 301 6720.