Girls shun cars and buses in favour of walking to walk in ‘Walk-tober’ week

Walktober challenge. They are, from left - Ruth Freeman, Mauricia Gallian, Sarah Hubery, Chloe Brewin, Sara Lenkiewicz and Tasha Roberts.

Walktober challenge. They are, from left - Ruth Freeman, Mauricia Gallian, Sarah Hubery, Chloe Brewin, Sara Lenkiewicz and Tasha Roberts.

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GIRLS at a Grantham school have this week worn pedometers as part of a competition to see who can walk the furthest in a week.

The 20 Year 10 pupils of Walton Girls’ High School have been putting their best foot forward for ‘Walk-tober’, in the hope of winning some prizes.

They were split into teams of four and each wore pedometers around their necks to measure the distance travelled.

At the start of the week, community co-ordinator Ruth Freeman said: “The girls are really excited and looking forward to the challenge.”

They were joined in the challenge by 20 employees from Asda.

Trading law colleague at Asda, Mauricia Gallian, said: “We’re definitely up for the challenge and are keen to do all we can to encourage school children to get involved and get active.

“We are putting our cars in the garage for the week and walking to work instead.”

Lincolnshire County Council is supporting the scheme.

Sustainable travel officer Sarah Hubery said: “The ‘Walk-tober’ challenge is a fantastic way for the community to get active and mobile - and do their bit for the environment. Taking a walk, rather than a car journey, will reduce CO2 emissions and congestion outside schools too.”