Group walks equivalent of Sheffield to South Pole in fitness challenge

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Staff and users of a healthy living centre in Sheffield have walked the equivalent distance between the city and the South Pole.

Zest Centre employees, customers and partners were given a fitness challenge of walking five million steps over four weeks, with each participant given a pedometer to monitor their progress.

But the group smashed their target and clocked up 25 million steps between them.

Those who took part in the fitness challenge, including Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, were congratulated at an awards evening. Those 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.

The Zest Centre in Upperthorpe is a healthy living hub housing a swimming pool, gym, exercise studio, community cafe, a public library, advice service and IT drop-in centre.

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 is fantastic, and 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 to the local community the benefits of walking, and has allowed us to engage with people of all ages.

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