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I walked a mile with two of my children to the supermarket after dinner. They are 2 and 5. They loved it and bedtime was very easy.

Well that's a wrap.

The end of a magnificent challenge but the beginning of my new regime.

Thank you for the encouragement. I will definitely do it again next year 😀

A big round of applause for all of us 👏

Nice ride up Divis today!

it's Sunday! morning bike funday!!

Lovely walk from boucher this afternoon to home with a stop at Lockkeepers for a refreshment and Shawsbridge for a small ice-cream🍦🍨Saw a former work colleague outside lockkeepers. Walked by Hydebank Prison as remaining route home. I used to walk through its grounds during lockdowns.

Lots of walking -and swimming last week while on leave !

Final tandem school cycle commute of the year.

School's out for summer!

Amezing weather today for bike to work.

Walking with a heavy backpack instead of getting a bus, car or taxi hopefully contributes to 1 day of the strength exercises recommended.

slashed 2 wheels and rode on 2 instead of 4

heat has finally striked,

ditched the car and picked the bike

Today was my first day cycling to work without a coat on this year!!

Here's hoping we'll get a few more.

Yesterday Sunday 23rd June - I travelled to Belfast for the Womans 10k run 9 in aid of cancer focus. An early 7am start was made so much better on the 212 from Derry to Belfast - relaxing with breakfast on the bus set me up for a fantastic event. Nice walk across belfast with a coffee and then two 5k laps around the Titanic quarter - passing the H&W cranes was a real treat. After the run I walked back through the City Centre and onto the 212 for a relaxed journey home. Great event and great travel choices.

A nice and balmy morning to resume cycling to work, after seven weeks off the bike with a broken arm. It was bliss being back on the bike, enjoying the Towpath.

Short Video on PHA Vimeo site:

PHA Press Release w/c 17.6.24

Limavady man encourages people to get active on the commute

Dessie Lowry from Limavady decided to incorporate more physical activity into his work day by bringing his bicycle to work and going for a cycle as part of the Active Travel Challenge (ATC).

The 64-year-old Nursing Consultant at the Public Health Agency (PHA) says getting active on the commute to work has benefitted both his physical and mental health.

Dessie said: “I really enjoy getting active on the commute. I would cycle on the greenway adjacent to my workplace a few days per week and when I need to attend meetings in Belfast I would also use public transport.”

“When I travel actively, I feel so much more refreshed – I already feel like I’ve had a productive morning, so it puts me in a good mood and I feel ready to start the day.

“I’m also more motivated to get out and about at the weekends too. My wife Bernadette and I enjoy getting out for a walk together. It’s a nice way to get a bit of headspace and connect with the world around you, while getting your physical activity in at the same time. Taking part in the Active Travel Challenge has given me some extra motivation as well.”

The Active Travel Challenge is a joint partnership between Sustrans, Translink, the Department for Infrastructure, PHA, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Belfast City Council. It encourages participants to switch up their usual routine and try walking, cycling or taking public transport as a cleaner, greener way to travel. 

Anyone can sign up for free logging their active travel journeys on the online platform for a chance to win a of range prizes including shopping vouchers, travel tickets, gym passes and rewards with national and regional retailers.

Dessie continued:

“I’m an Active Travel Champion in work and I’ve been working closely with Sustrans to organise lunchtime cycling sessions for my colleagues to encourage them to consider ways to get more active during the day. I would recommend everyone to give the Active Travel Challenge a go, as I have really felt the benefits.”

Gerard Walls, Senior Health and Social Wellbeing Officer at the PHA, added:

“Being physically active has so many benefits including helping to reduce stress and anxiety, helps maintain a healthy weight, and can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.

“Not only is it good for your health but by swapping some of your usual car journeys for cycling or walking, you’re also doing your bit for the environment and saving money on expensive fuel costs. If you’re looking for a simple way to incorporate some physical activity into your routine, the Active Travel Challenge is the perfect way to get started.”

To find out more and get involved in this year’s Active Travel Challenge, go to

Good commuter service to Ballynahinch - couldnt beat it. Not my usual trip, but ok after a brisk walk

Super day out at the North Down Coastal Challenge!

This month I have walked at the weekend / evenings to tescos.

My husband drove to Brackenvale to use their car wash last Friday eveniing. I then left him, walked on passed Carryduff as far as where Woodlawn is, then to the new Spar on the road to Saintfield and then home (covered 6 miles)

Walking too and from work Monday - Friday - then using treadmill at home at the weekend - great especially for the bad weather.