Walking to Victory

Free2Learn were delighted to sponsor a recent fitness initiative run by one of our partners; United Road Transport Union (URTU). Free2Learn have partnered with URTU to offer Apprenticeship programmes to a number of well-known and respected employer brands up and down the country. The ‘walking challenge’ was introduced to show that URTU workplaces across the UK do care about ensuring their workforce is healthy, supporting simple exercises such as walking. The initiative also demonstrated to individuals just how far they walked during a typical working day including in their home life. This left many participants quite surprised at the distance they travelled.

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The competition had teams of up to ten individuals participating, all provided with pedometers to measure distances walked over a defined period. The team with the greatest combined distance were overall winners and within that team there was an individual winner for the greatest distance covered.

From all the teams that entered, the winning group that completed the challenge with the most steps was the ‘Sausage Strollers’, all based at XPO Logistics within the Weetabix complex at Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire. The top stepper, Daniel Bolwell, managed 179,000 steps, which is thought to average about seven miles a day walking around a warehouse. Fellow colleague Rob Drake came a close second.

John Cusworth, Head of Business Development for Free2Learn attended a presentation for the winning team with high street vouchers, sponsored by Free2Learn, for their great efforts. Also in attendance at the presentation was Barry Marks; URTU Education Project Manager, to award the certificates. A special thanks must also go to Kenny Wignall of XPO Logistics for coordinating and organising support within the workplace to ensure teams participated in this great initiative.

The main thanks should of course go to the winning team consisting of: Daniel Bowell, Rob Drake, Annika White, Dave Robinson, Ian Jones, Craig Taylor, Glenn Wright, Sherif Ibrahim and Paulo DeSilva.

Free2Learn look forward to supporting the next URTU initiative.

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