2020- 21 Looks like being a year like no other in the short life of World Walking so we thought we'd keep a note so we could look back on the year that was in the hope that by this time next year we are 'back to normal', whatever that is.
So here goes.
1 April 2020: This new financial year begins with our little charity, like the rest of the world, facing the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2019/20 has just ended with the following results:
1 April: Published new walk - Here for Each Other - to support the #HereForEachOther campaign organised by the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity to support local NHS staff as they respond to the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.
12 April: Published new walk - USA: North to South.
13 April: Published new walk - Cardiff.
19 April: Published new walk - Israel.
20 April: Published new walk - The Eirias Rainbow Walk - to support the work of the NHS in North Wales during COVID-19.
20 April: Published new walk - Move for Meals - in support of the charity, Mary's Meals, in conjunction with the charity's office in Germany.
27 April: Published new walk - Land's End to John o'Groats.
29 April: Became the first and, so far, only walking app to achieve the ORCHA quality mark badge:
The end of a month of unprecedented activity on World walking with 6,680 new user accounts created and 1.5 billion steps/634,000 miles logged by our users; the equivalent of them having walked 25 times round the world. More 'help' inquiries from users than normal which you would expect when you have 6 months worth of new users in the space of just one month. Nothing we, and World Walking, couldn't handle.
1 May: 19,000 walks now completed by our users; up 1,000 since 1 April 2020, the biggest monthly increase ever.
1 May: Published new walk - CHAS Walk for Wellness - for the charity Children's Hospices Across Scotland for Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May).
10 May: Published new walk - Cyprus.
11 May: 50,000 virtual walks started on World Walking since our launch in October 2013.
18 May: Published new walk - Great Wall on China (East)
19 May: Our magnificent World Walking users reach the milestone of having walked 12.5 million miles - 500 times round the world.
19 May: 1,000 virtual walks started in the last week!
22 May: 10,000 new user accounts created since 1 April 2020.
25 May: 60,000 users worldwide!
Guest Blog from World Walking published by America Walks
28 May: 20,000 walks now completed by our users; up 1,000 since 1 May 2020.
1 June: 30 billion steps recorded!
12,000 new user accounts created since 1 April 2020 (just 9 weeks) - the same number as in the whole of 2019/20!
16 June: 13 million miles now clocked up by our amazing World Walkers since our launch in October 2013.
17 June: Our amazing World Walkers walk 60 times round the world in (less than) 80 days!
30 June: Today marks the end of the first quarter of 2020/21. Here are the World Walking results for the quarter:
- Over 14,800 new user accounts created;
- Over 4.1 billion steps recorded (1.7 million miles, equivalent to 70 times round the world);
- Over 3,100 virtual walks completed.
1 July: Delighted to be supporting Highland Green Health Parnership's 'Think Health Think Nature' initiative with Hike the Highland's from Home.
17 July: Our new fundraising feature launched quietly today. Beta testing begins. Our 'one-stop shop', complete with public fundraising page, will allow our users to help others while staying active. No idea if this will fly but we are so happy to be giving it a go!
7 August: 14 million miles now clocked up by our amazing World Walkers since our launch in October 2013.
8 August: Our growing community of World Walkers walked the equivalent of 100 times round the world (2.5 million miles) in just 104 days! Awesome!
13 August: Delighted to announce that World Walking can connect to Google Fit and bank all steps recorded on the Google Fit app.
18 August: Over 20,000 new user accounts created since 1 April 2020.
23 August: 70,000 user accounts created worldwide.
21 September: 35 billion steps now recorded on World Walking.
27 September: Our first universary collaboration - the Keele Sustainability Challenge.
1 October: Happy Birthday! World Walking celebrates its 7th birthday today. We wish to thank everyone who has made this possible;
- Chris Baldie, David Rushton, Fergus Howe and Michael Park, the digital design geniouses who created World Walking for us;
- All those who have supported us with encouragement and financial support; and
- The inspirational Inverclyde Globetrotters, without whose remarkable efforts, World Walking would not exist.
When we launched our free website/app back in October 2013 we had no idea if anyone would use it. We simply wanted to help motivate people to walk more for health and happiness. Seven years on, here is the result:
1 October: Our Mid-Year results for 2020-21. Happy days!:
9 October: Delighted to be supporting the Inverclyde Community Fund's virtual Inverclyde Stride 2020
11 October: 25,000 virtual walks completed!
The North Gwent Cardiac Rehabilitation and Aftercare Charity
complete their Everest Cardiac Challenge
- 16 million steps/6,879 miles from Abergavenny to the top of the world in just 66 days. Awesome!
18 October: 4 million miles clocked up since 1 April 2020.
27 October: 10 billion steps added since 1 April 2020.
2 November: 16 million miles clocked up on World Walking since October 2013!
5 November: 26,000 walks now completed by our amazing World Walkers.
8 November: 80,000 user accounts created since October 2013; up 30,000 since 1 April 2020
Another milestone - the first £1,000 raised for charity using our new integrated fundraising feature.