During the current lockdown, the staff at Rosedale Funeral Home have set themselves a challenge to walk, run, cycle, row or swim the equivalent miles of the World’s longest walkable route in their local areas. This route stretches from Cape Town, South Africa to Magadan in Russia. It travels through 17 countries, 6 time zones and is over 13,000 miles long.
Hypothetically the route would take 587 days to travel if you walked for 8 hours a day!
In the second lockdown last November, a similar challenge was set to collectively walk the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats around local areas. By the end of the month the target had been smashed more than 4 times over with a total of 2765.81 miles walked, and so a harder challenge needed to be set during this lockdown.
Anne Beckett-Allen who is a Mental Health First Aid England Trainer says, “This challenge enables the team to unite in a shared goal, despite not being able to physically be together. We realise the importance of exercise to mental health and wellbeing.”
Rosedale’s staff range between the ages of 21 and 85, and so the challenge not only brings a sense of camaraderie but is also a perfect excuse to get some much-needed fresh air. The team have all walked individually but have enjoyed totalling up their weekly miles and sharing these amongst each other.
The challenge began on the 1st February and one month on already over 2000 miles have been totalled. Theoretically, this would mean the team have travelled from Cape Town, through Botswana and in to Zambia. In reality, the team have stayed to exploring just their local areas due to Covid restrictions.
Good luck to the team as they continue the challenge!