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Pioneering fitness challenge for Inverclyde gets set to launch … with a million miles the target

GM 35001A pioneering fitness challenge, organised as a practical demonstration of Inverclyde's commitment to improving the health of local people, is being formally launched on Thursday 11 August with a walk setting off from the Municipal Buildings in Clyde Square, Greenock, led by the Inverclyde Tourist Group.

The goal of the Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge is to encourage the local community to start walking, running, cycling or swimming, and join together to notch up a combined one million miles. This is equivalent to walking 40 times around the world or going to the moon and back – twice!

The unique challenge is being led by Provost Robert Moran, funded by Inverclyde HSCP and Awards for All, and managed by CVS Inverclyde. It is also being supported by Inverclyde Council and Inverclyde Leisure.

Commenting on the initiative, Sarah Jane Gregson, the Inverclyde Millions Miles Challenge Coordinator, said: "The project, which is the first of its kind in Scotland, is a fun way to combat health inequality and promote healthy lifestyles here in Inverclyde. As our aim is to get the whole community involved, we are asking everyone to round up their family, friends, school pals and work colleagues and sign up today at www.worldwalking.org/millionmiles."

The Challenge, open to everyone no matter how young, old, or fit they are, starts on Thursday 11 August 2016 to coincide with the Rio Olympics and will run until Friday 30 June 2017.

Using the World Walking website, inspired by Inverclyde Globetrotters, people will be able to log the distance they walk using their own pedometer, Fitbit, Jawbone activity tracker or Apple Health Kit.

They will also be able to download World Walking's very own iPhone or Android apps to complete virtual journeys to some of the world's most amazing and best known places. This will allow them to explore the sights of the Great Wall of China while they walk to work or enjoy the highlights of Rome while walking the kids to school. World Walking will be able to track the progress of people walking, swimming or cycling towards the Million Miles Challenge target who have signed up to take part via its website.

More information is available by contacting Sarah Jane Gregson, Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge Coordinator, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel: 01475 711733.

Picture Caption: Sarah Jane Gregson (left) and Kay Clark, Coordinator of the Inverclyde Heritage – Quest for Learning Project, with Alex the Anchor. The two-legged anchor mascot, which was created by St Columba's High school pupil Sally Kane as part of a design competition, is helping promote Inverclyde's heritage trail and will be signing people up for the Million Miles Challenge during a heritage fun run/walk along Greenock's mile-long Esplanade on Sunday 28 August. Each step walked or mile ran will add to the Million Miles Challenge total.
Photograph courtesy of George Munro, Greenock Telegraph.

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