Marion's fund-raising challenge

Marion and Pauline Nordic Walking Bristol

Can a 76-year old meet the challenge of walking 1,200 miles in a year? It’s the equivalent of walking from Bristol to John O’Groats and back again – and Marion is determined to achieve this with some help from her Nordic Walking poles.

As the President of Soroptimist International of Bristol, which started life as a Venture Club in May 1920, Marion Reid decided to celebrate its centenary by challenging herself to walk at least an average of 100 miles per month throughout the centenary year, starting on 1st May 2020 through to 30th April 2021.

She’s aiming to highlight the Club’s theme for the year – wellbeing, for oneself, for the organisation, for the local area, and for the global environment – and to raise funds for the two charities supported by the Club, the National Centre for Integrative Medicine and Lifeskills.

Marion records the number of steps she walks on her mobile phone and calculates the distance she has walked at 2,000 steps per mile. In her first three months she has walked 104, 144, and 136 miles- so she has got off to a brilliant start.

Her instructor is Bristol-based Pauline Curtis. Pauline said, “I am so proud of Marion’s achievement so far and it’s just great that she is using a mixture of Nordic Walking and regular walking. I am confident that she will go from strength to strength throughout the rest of her challenge.”

If you would like to support Marion’s fundraising, you can do so here…

Back to blog