Rob and co rise to step challenge

Borders College's Rob Shiel
Borders College's Rob Shiel
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Borders College’s Rob Shiel took great strides as part of a teamthat walked the equivalent distance of reaching Rome as part of a step challenge, writes Sarah Williamson.

Earlier this year, the gauntlet was thrown down to college staff and those at NHS Borders to see who could take the
most steps in an eight-week period.

And ten teams of five college staff members signed up for the challenge, with Teri Rob captaining the ‘Kings of the Y-Front Tears’ outfit.

Although the overall winners were a team from the health board’s finance department, Mr Shiel’s squad were declared the college’s top performers, notching an impressive 3,622,197 steps.

Mr Shiel, a facilities assistant at the college, told the Hawick News: “This was a
real challenge and took a bit of getting used to as we had
to wearpedometers all the time.”

After the first week, Mr Shiel had clocked up 291,000 steps, which by week five had jumped to 468,000. And by the end of the eight weeks, he had taken 640,000 steps.

He added: “Our team walks about a lot at work anyway, but once we got into it we all saw a rise in the number of steps and it certainly makes you think about being active.”

A Borders College spokesperson added: “The challenge encouraged those taking part to develop their own physical fitness and wellbeing and develop social networks and walking groups.