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Herefordshire’s walking challenge ‘steps’ up a gear

This month’s Herefordshire walking challenge has ‘stepped’ up a gear by asking residents to also consider taking part in ‘walk to work’ week.

Walk to work week runs from Monday May 14 to Friday May 18 and local employees are urged to sign up and get walking to, from or during work and log their daily distance online.  They’ll be able to see how many miles they’ve walked, the number of calories burned and the CO2 emissions saved.

The challenge is open to anyone who lives or works in Herefordshire and eight major businesses have also signed up including Halo, Wye Valley NHS Trust, Heineken UK, Amey and Cargill Meats Europe.

As walk to work week is part of May’s Herefordshire walking challenge, participants will also have the chance to walk and win.  By logging their distance at any point during the week, they’ll be entered into a free prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher.

Tina Kilner, Herefordshire Council’s sustainable transport officer, said: “The walking challenge and walk to work week offer a fantastic opportunity for us to try and reduce the 10,000 car journeys made in Hereford every day, the majority of which are less than two miles.  If we can reduce this figure by 10%, we will not only make a difference to congestion levels but also improve the air quality too.”

“Don’t forget that it’s not just about walking to work, but also to school, to the shops or simply getting out and about and enjoying the fresh air and beautiful Herefordshire scenery.  We’re asking everyone to sign up to the free service at www.herefordmove.org and help us to make a difference.”

For further information on walking in Herefordshire, please visit www.herefordmove.org and choose walking.