Celebrating James Watt


Greenock, the home of World Walking, is this year celebrating the bicentennial of its most famous son, James Watt who helped shape the world we know today. As a Greenock-based charity, we delighted to have been able to play our part in showcasing the life and achievements of this Great Scot in collaboration with Inverclyde Council, West College Scotland (Greenock Campus), the Institution of Engineers & Shipbuilders in Scotland, and our good friends at Kilmacolm Primary School.

With the young stars at Kilmacolm we've created a special 'James Watt' walk which we've been able to link to a special World Walking landing page thanks to funding kindly provided by Inverclyde Council. You can find it at worldwalking.org/jameswatt  The landing page contains a smashing video in the form of a new broadcast about James Watt's life and achievements featuring the talented Kilmacolm youngsters and produced by the students at the local college. You can also find the video, entitled 'Watt's Walking Wonders' on Vimeo using this link: https://vimeo.com/310064344

We're really grateful to Ailie Glover, Class Teacher at Kilmacolm Primary School and Alison Nolan, Heritage Outreach Worker, and Val Boa, Curator, at Inverclyde Council for everything they've done to make this happen. Pulling this together to help launch the local year of celebrations has been a lot of fun and really helped get 2019 off to a flying start.

 

“Aim High”. That’s that wonderful advice given to us a few years back by Britain’s first astronaut, Dr Helen Sharman.

2019 gives us all the opportunity to do just that by celebrating the 50th anniversary the most famous walk in the history of mankind - man’s first walk on the moon by Neil Armstrong, Commander of NASA's Apollo 11, on 21st July 1969.

The Inverclyde Globetrotters, the heart health exercise group whose efforts inspired the creation of World Walking, have now walked 230,000 miles; equivalent to 9 laps of the world. Their goal for 2019 is to carry on until they reach the Moon and they’ve have set themselves the target of landing softly on the Moon by 21st July 2019.  It took Apollo 11 just 4 days to travel to the Moon. It will have taken the Inverclyde Globetrotters over 11 years by the time they land but they will be chuffed to bits, nevertheless.

Why not follow in their footsteps and celebrate the amazing achievement of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission?

We've created a 13,450 mile (31 million steps) walk around all 48 contiguous states of the United States of America. The walk begins in Washington state on the western seaboard of America and ends in the nation's capital, Washington DC, on the east coast. It’s the longest route we’ve created on World Walking that doesn’t involve ‘walking’ across oceans.

Why not round up friends, family or work colleagues and tackle our epic United States of America walk to celebrate what was achieved by NASA back in 1969. 

The Inverclyde Globetrotters are ‘in’ Tennessee right now and have their sights set firmly on finishing in DC sometime in the coming months. Like to follow them?

Come on, “Aim High” and start your own ‘Lunar trek’ today.

Happy New Year Everyone

What a great start to the year! Mission accomplished - our 'One Billion Steps for Health Challenge' has been successfully completed thanks to the collective efforts of individuals and 39 groups, including 16 groups supporting people living with heart, lung and stroke disease. It has been a terrific team effort. Thank you one and all.

We would like to say a special word of thanks to Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership for very kindly providing the funding for the special landing page which enabled us to automate the collation of all the steps and made the challenge run like a dream.

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An amazing total distance of 432,265 miles (17 times round the world) has been logged to date. The landing page will remain live until 31 March 2019. Please keep your steps/miles coming in until then and we'll see how far we get.

Thank you all once again. You are awesome!

Best Wishes

Duncan

World Walking