Zest walking challenge finishes at the South Pole!

More than 150 staff, customers and partners from a healthy living centre in the city are celebrating having walked the distance from Sheffield to the South Pole.

People from the Zest Centre, in Upperthorpe, were challenged to walk a total of five million steps in just four weeks with all participants receiving a pedometer to record the number of steps taken each week.

The group has smashed their initial target achieving a staggering 25 million steps between them.

Everyone who took part in the mass fitness challenge were honoured and congratulated at a special awards evening, including Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield – who walked an impressive 342,804 steps.

A number of awards and prizes were handed out for the group’s tops achievers including highest average number of steps by a team, highest number of steps in a single day for an individual  and the team with the biggest improvement over the course of the four weeks.

Vanessa Veeren received an achievement award for overcoming barriers in order to take part in the challenge.

She said:

“Wearing the pedometer as part of the Challenge was an extra motivating factor to keep active. It really helped me to see the progress I was making.”

The prizes for the event were sponsored by a number of local businesses including ESP Projects, Mac Office Supplies and Greentop Circus.

Zest is a social enterprise which manages the innovative Zest Centre – a healthy living hub housing a swimming pool, gym, exercise studio, community cafe, plus a public library, advice service and IT drop in.

Janet Skirrow, chief executive of Zest, said:

“We are delighted that our Walking Challenge has been so successful and that more than 150 people took part.

“To have beaten our target of five million steps by a further 20 million steps is fantastic and is a wonderful testament to everyone who has taken part.

“At Zest, we are committed to providing services which improve the health and fitness of local people and nurturing communities where everyone can get involved

“The Challenge has really helped to promote the benefits of walking to the local community and has allowed us to will engage with people of all ages.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved with the Walking Challenge and hopefully they will maintain their new found fitness levels.”

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Members of the Zest walking challenge at the awards evening

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