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Walking and car sharing pays off in Redcar
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We met with three of the winners of the Redcar & Cleveland Commuter Challenge on a bright and sunny day in Guisborough to find out what the winning combination was for them.
Chris' walking story
Last January I decided to join a boot camp in Guisborough. I was 17st 7. I did these twice a week. I also changed my diet to a healthier one. I lost a stone in my first month and then took up running.
Skip forward a year. I’m now 13st 4. I did the 20 mile Cleveland Mountain Rescue Survival Walk March 2018, the Yorkshire 3 Peaks 25 mile in May 2018, Total Warrior 2018 in June. I ran the Redcar Half Marathon in September 2018. All this from doing nothing pre-January 2018.
This year I am doing the mountain rescue walk again in March but the longer one this time, Tough Mudder in July, The Great North Run on 8th September and the Redcar Half again at the end of September. I have just found a love for running again and I train 5 -7 days a week depending on how I’m feeling.
I walked for this challenge as I enjoy walking anyway. I am a field engineer so I do need my car most days. However I live in Guisborough so if I ever walk I can walk home to get my car whenever I can. I also sometimes go for a run at lunch or straight after work if I can fit it in.
Bev shows that sharing is caring
Beverley has been car sharing with one of her colleagues since late 2018. She travels 5 miles out of her way each morning and evening to enable her colleague who is an apprentice at Redcar & Cleveland Council to get to work, in doing so she saves her around £80 a month in bus fares. Beverley says she gladly takes payment in scones!
Ros and her partner make the most of the savings they make from having just one car
I car share with my husband, we travel from Skelton together, he then either drops me off then carries on to work in Stockton or leaves me with the car and takes the train. We’ve been car sharing for quite some time now, it’s great because it means we only have to run one car so we’ve saved loads in running costs. We go camping now that our kids have left home so we’ve upgraded our car to be able to fit in all the camping stuff and travel in comfort.
Find a car share partner
Ros and her husband have their car sharing routine well practiced now. If you need to travel by car and would like to find a car share partner so that you can save money on your commute you can ask your employer if they run a car-share scheme. If not take a look at the Lift Share website to find a car-share buddy.
Get involved in the Commuter Challenge
We run our Commuter Challenge across Tees Valley, improving employee well-being and reducing pressure on car-parking. If your business would like to get involved you can contact Alex Kay at Let's Go Tees Valley.