As we come to the end of 2021 members of the #NHS1000miles community from across the country are adding up their mileage, selecting pics and composing their final tweets, celebrating a year of being a bit more active than perhaps they normally are because they are nudged gently onwards by others, knowing that investing in our well-being pays dividends in so many ways. Yet ‘knowing and ‘doing’ are sometimes different, hence the importance of the #NHS1000miles community which inspires us all! Thank you to everyone who’s contributed in 2021 💫
But where did #NHS1000miles start? Back in 2017 Antony Tiernan who tweets as @AntonyTiernan was leading on the 70th Birthday celebration arrangements for the NHS, he was encouraging us to think up fun ways to mark the occasion, so a few of us thought that making an effort to be more active would make a great practical gift. And so in the 70th birthday year of the NHS the inclusive community of #NHS1000miles was born, all miles, anyway count, walking, swimming, cycling, running. Here’s the link to the first blog, kindly supported by the @wenurses team Teresa and Nick Chinn http://wecommunities.org/blogs/3338
So 2018 saw a phenomenal community of people regularly adding up their miles and posting updates on a Sunday evening at 7.30pm, the end of the year 2018 blog shouts out some of the fab people who helped get #NHS1000miles going http://www.wecommunities.org/blogs/3443
The 2019 blog celebrates how the community continued to grow https://kathevans.com/2019/12/26/running-to-2020-and-resetting-the-nhs1000miles-clock/
And the 2020 blog provided a visual summary of how we make our own adventures https://kathevans.com/2020/12/27/nhs1000miles-2021-are-you-in/
So as we reflect back on 2021, what have been the highlights?
@NorthwayRuth is a regular ParkRun volunteer and a member of her local running club who supports others on their running journey… @wendyjnicholson has shared amazing wild swimming pics!
@MarcHarder has made a remarkable recovery ❤️🩹 this year after a significant cardiac episode and has shared how we can get active again when health issues challenges us…
@Ushert head of staff well-being at the Royal London hospital won an ultra run this year!!! … talk about awesome 💫
@Triciahandley who leads on improving care for people with Learning Disabilities regularly shares her ParkRun adventures and has recently been posting about her chilly lido swimming adventures 🏊♀️
@LindaChibuzor is always glamorous (there’s usually a fab splash of pink in her outfit!) and inspires us all to squeeze in activity in amongst busy jobs.
@THCPrimarycare has some big adventures ahead in 2022. She blends her active life with supporting primary care and is definitely worth a follow!
@SaraTurle our ever chirpy early morning runner posts her wisdom each day with beautiful pics to encourage us all.
@JackieSmith_nmc our #ChiefCoach has continued to encourage us all even though an injury has caused significant challenges in 2021 … we’re all so delighted to see her running again!
I could go on forever! The #NHS1000miles community is full of fabulous ‘normal’ people with very busy lives, who are making a choice to keep active by counting the miles, snapping fun pics and sharing adventures…knowing others are willing us onwards always helps!
So I suppose in this community, we’re accountability pals, and we’d love others to join us in 2022
Everyone is welcome, here’s what’s needed …
1. Set a goal to reach 1000miles in the year
2. Prioritise being more active (all ways count) … a flight of stairs … a brisk walk .. starting couch to 5k …
3. Using the ‘check-in’ at 7.30pm on a Sunday to share progress and pics if you can
4. Use a spirit of encouragement and empathy to support the community, recognising life can and indeed is pretty tough on occasions YET exercise can be hugely therapeutic.
I’m certainly looking forward to hearing about about your adventures in 2022 💫🏃🏻♀️🚴🏻♂️🏊🏼
Finally a final massive shout out to @suecollins2 @hoffiOT @Hannahdementia @michBS3 @niamhie53 @AnitaRolfe @CalvinMoorley @mirri1970 @PeterDraper3 @AliNewt5 @dover_nicola @sarahholbrook92 @pcei_jane @QmMudie @sue_wilkinson @pauljebb1 @wilkoloopylu @shiv_smith @hepworth_becky @rachblacklabel @lindawain444 @l_wasinski @critchleyanna @juliafairhall3 @jeansaunders2 @rosetintedlass @DebDjh @LucyBray9 @HelenLa58276920 @clairem7523 @AllanTallan64 @DrSuparnaDas @sfenwickelliott @APegrum @ShrewsGav @MarcelleTauber @K_G_Spearpoint @J_Critcher @firogers3 @jakeahess @JoConnolly_ @saraht40 @DianaBelshaw @jomwlever @ADigitalWitch @chrisbowdenOT @MawdsleyMark @bestwick_hannah @judestonenhs @RL_MHnurse @datt_colette @AbbieFBarnes @JocelynKurtulaj @CJThomo @PaulJSams @logan_angie @BecksBDaniels @nikkilouh for fabulous posts in 2021, thank you all! 👏🏻