As part of our regular programme of events, Better Bankside organise weekly speedwalks. Led by a guide, the walks cover up to three miles in 40 minutes, helping attendees get to know Bankside better while getting some valuable time away from their desk.
We were thrilled to hear that Angie Brown, PA and Team Administrator at The Royal College of Occupational Therapists and one of our loyal speedwalkers, recently took her speedwalking to the next level and completed a trek along the Great Wall of China.
Angie said: "One of the first things I did when I started at RCOT was to get involved with the Better Bankside community, and I have been speedwalking with them regularly ever since. I really enjoy being part of the group, as everyone is friendly and it offers a great opportunity to meet like-minded people from other organisations in the area. The group adds a social incentive to a healthy activity; knowing that there is good company waiting for me motivates me to go every week. It has been a long held dream of mine to visit the Great Wall of China and this is the year of my 60th birthday. I decided to celebrate my birthday by realising my ambition, so I signed up to a sponsored trek of the Wall with Marie Curie. We were advised to train as much as possible ahead of the trip because the walk is very tough, including one day of climbing 5,000 stairs! Speedwalking helped enormously with my preparation, as it motivated me to get out every lunchtime to train. China was wonderful; it was everything I had hoped it would be and more, but it was physically demanding and I definitely felt the benefit of all the training I did! I turned 60 during my trip to China and had a fantastic time, as well as raising over £4,000 for Marie Curie, contributing to a group total of £111, 000."
All of us at Better Bankside would like to say a huge congratulations to Angie on her fantastic achievement. If you'd like to get involved with Better Bankside speedwalks, they take place every Monday lunchtime, meeting at 1.10pm at Flat Iron Square on Union Street. Details here.