The Million Step Man:
Another week has flown by and there are now only 7 weeks until the York Walls Festival 2019! In this episode of Walls Weekly I will introduce you to Brian Mullins our ‘Million Step Man’ who is full of enthusiasm and positivity and is raising money for York Mind by walking around the walls for 24 hours during our festival (10th – 11th August 2019). Brian states that “after completing REDJanuary I aim to walk a million steps each month to fund raise for York Mind.”
York Mind was formed in 2011 through the merger of the local mental health charities York & District Mind and Our Celebration. York Mind are “an independent local mental health charity which aims to empower individuals experiencing mental ill health to start on the pathway to recovery. They believe that the condition should never define the person and consequently our recovery model encompasses every aspect of our clients’ lives: personal, social and professional.”
Brian has walked over 7 million steps (approx 3,500 miles) so far in 2019 and will be at York Walls Festival on 10 & 11 August doing his fundraiser for York Mind. His mileage averages at an impressive 17 miles per day throughout 2019.
Here are some figures that will help you to visualise how far Brian has walked:
-Will have walked to the centre of the earth by the time it is the York Walls Festival = 3958 miles
-The walked route from Land’s End to John O’ Groats is considered 1,200 miles – done three times now
-With the Coast to Coast being 192 miles – done that 19 times
-Flying from London to New York = 3459 miles – done that
-All National Trails and the Coast to Coast = 2784 – that’s 1⅓ times
Make sure to donate to his Just Giving page to show your support for York Mind and the impressive number of miles that Brian has walked; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/remember-breathe?utm_campaign=pfptweet&utm_content=RememberBreathe&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Twitter&utm_term=7JnNpvDzB
Brian will start and finish in front of York Art Gallery (pictured above) at 11am on Saturday 10th August and will continue to walk around the walls until 11am Sunday 11th August. Brian has decided to walk 1 million steps each month in 2019 (sometimes even more just for fun) and has lots of exciting walking adventures lined up!
At the festival we have activities planned where you can get involved with the Million Step Mans Walls Walk too! We have activity packs with ‘hole in the wall’ challenges to see if you can walk all of the way around the walls! We also have a ‘guess how many steps’ challenge where you can guess how many steps Brian has taken during the 24 hours and the closest person to guess wins a prize; you can do this at our venues (Fishergate Postern Tower, Red Tower and York Explore). We also have some other exciting things planned that are yet to be confirmed!
Keep an eye on our social media for updates on the Million Step Man:
Twitter – @WallsYork
Facebook – York Walls Festival
Instagram – @YorkWallsFestival
Follow Brian on social media to keep up to date with his walking adventures:
Brian’s Instagram – @1millionstepsman
Brian’s Twitter – @Brie0n
York Mind’s Twitter – @TheYorkMind