The Inverclyde Globetrotters, a few of whom are 80 years young, met again today at Inverclyde Leisure's Waterfront Gym as part  of the Live Exercise Exercise Referral Scheme.

This week they clocked up 642 miles. An excellent week.

It's almost 9 years to the day since the group set off to walk round the world with nothing but a £3.99 map of the world and a box of pedometers kindly donated by the cardiac rehabilitation team at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

Today the group walked (smashed!) through the 400 MILLION steps mark and with that clocked up more than 170,000 miles on their virtual travels around the world which have taken them to over 100 countries around the globe and all without ever leaving Greenock.

They are currently walking across the Atlantic Ocean, not for the first time, because you can do that in our wonderful world of virtual walking. Their goal is Rio which they intend to reach before the end of the Inverclyde Million Miles Challenge in June 2017. 

Another year under the belts of the Inverclyde Globetrotters and it's been another great year for the heart health group in Scotland that inspired World Walking.

Walk Across Canada

As if it had been planned all along, the distances that were clocked up by the group over the Festive period brought them to the end of their walk across Canada just in time for the New Year to arrive. 

The walk took them from Vancouver in British Columbia on the west coast all the way to St John’s, the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador on the east coast; a total of 5,512 miles (12.4 million steps)!

Tally for the Year

The miles from their walk across Canada brought the Inverclyde Globetrotters' total miles for 2015 to an amazing 23,636 miles!

Where to Now?

The group had enough steps left over from their Canadian walk to make a start on their next mammoth trek; Africa - From Cairo to Cape Town.

By the time the Inverclyde Globetrotters walk the 6,000 miles south through the continent of Africa they will have clocked up over 150,000 miles; the equivalent of having walked 6 times round the World since they set off on their first virtual walk way back in 2008 with nothing but a map of the world and some pedometers!  Not bad for a group with an average age of about 70 years young.

Happy Birthday!

It's hard for us to believe it but the Inverclyde Globetrotters will be 8 years old in February 2008. They'll be having their birthday bash at the Great Pyramid complex at Giza in Egypt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. What could be better?

Who are the Inverclyde Globetrotters? 

The idea for the Inverclyde Globetrotters came from our weekly gym based cardiac rehabilitation class in Greenock, Scotland.  Our class is just one of many classes delivered by Inverclyde Leisure through the Live Active Exercise Referral Scheme that operates in our area.  We now cater for a variety of conditions - although we still have more than our fair share of by-passes, stents and pacemakers. 

Everyone knows that as soon as you start walking on a treadmill time immediately slows down and you think, mistakenly, that by staring at the clock on the machine you can will it to go faster. 

So in February 2008 we decided to ask our members a question – “Would you be up for the challenge of walking round the world?” –  Not the kind of question you get asked every day.  

Luckily, once they stopped laughing at the very idea of it, the members agreed to have a go. 

The aim of our walk was simply to encourage members to stay active between classes and accrue the health benefits that come from more walking and less sitting.  We also hoped that achieving such a long term goal – a journey that would take years to complete - would provide a real sense of accomplishment.

We gratefully accepted a box of pedometers from the cardiac rehabilitation team at Inverclyde Royal Hospital, bought a map, worked out a route and set off on our virtual journey round the world. 

We timed the start of our walk to coincide with the launch of the 2008 Scottish campaign to promote cardiac rehabilitation.  It was our way of saying thanks.

We contacted GB Olympic rowing legends, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent, more in hope than expectation, to ask if they would be kind enough to send a few words of encouragement and they did!  

Each week pedometers were handed over and steps recorded and distances walked, cycled and rowed during the class captured.  We tallied up our figures and plotted our progress on our map. 

In May 2010, after 117 weeks on the road, having made it to Beijing in time for the 2008 Olympics, we arrived back in Greenock having clocked up 30,688 miles. 

Seven years on we’re still walking and have now clocked up over 130,000 miles [that’s over 5 times round the world!] to more than 100 countries worldwide without ever leaving Greenock.