May is National Walking Month and along with millions of other people I’m on a mission to up my daily step count. Social media is a big force in trying to motivate us all to move more, whether just taking the stairs instead of the lift or taking advantage of the longer hours of daylight and actively making an effort to get out in the evenings for a quick power walk around the block. 


I’ve also invested in a pedometer which, although doubtful when I first bought it, is really proving successful at guilting me into moving more if nothing else! 


With May also being a busy time here at Pennine Events, there’s plenty opportunity for the whole team to up their steps and keep moving. Over the May bank holiday I spent a week on site at Lancaster University, where we managed the build of temporary grandstand seating and stadium preparation for the annual Lancaster v York University Roses tournament. In just 6 days I managed to clock up over 90,000 steps walking round and round the rugby pitch and chasing suppliers here and there. 


Just last weekend, a long but extremely rewarding day just a few minutes away from our offices in Bamber Bridge saw almost 400 cyclists take to the roads in the second of our Wiggle North Series events - Wiggle Four Counties - and pedal either 82 or 100 miles through Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester in support of St Catherine’s Hospice. It also saw our whole team clock up a collective 400,000 steps!


Going through the summer months my main focus will be a project new to us this year - The Coast to Coast Packhorse. Spending time up at the base in Kirkby Stephen, the coming months will keep me busy ensuring accommodation bookings, passenger transfers from the start and finish and daily baggage transfers are all in place for hundreds of customers who will walk or cycle the 190 mile Coast to Coast route, noted down by famous fell walker Alfred Wainwright.


Every year thousands of people come from all corners of the globe to walk or cycle the famous route, known for it’s tough Lake District climbs, boggy Yorkshire Dale stretches and picturesque final descent to the coast from the North York Moors. The journey between St Bees on the west coast and Robin Hood’s Bay on the east is a challenge for most people but a journey so many long to make.


With the new season now in full swing, it’s refreshing to see so many people enjoying the simplicity of our beautiful country with an unswerving appreciations for nature, peace and quite and most importantly, a good English pub! From the battle of the local ales to broken bootlaces and village duck races, this is certainly going to be an unforgettable and no doubt a very rewarding summer!


Imagine how many steps you could clock up walking 190 miles from the west to the east coast… no surprises what’s next on my list of challenges!


Jemma Crossen

Project Officer