The Commonwealth Games this summer proved a massive success for Glasgow, Scotland and indeed for all of Great Britain. Since it was announced back in 2007 that Glasgow would play host to the 20th Games, the Scottish Government has been working to create a lasting legacy from the Games which will encourage more people across the country both to be inspired by sport and to build more physical activity into their daily lives.
In 2011 Ramblers Scotland introduced their Medal Routes project inspired by this legacy programme. The project encourages local communities to identify three short walking routes in the local area that start and finish from one central location. Each route has a designated medal assigned to it: Bronze (approx. 15 mins walk), Silver (approx. 30 mins walk) and Gold (approx. 60 mins walk). The project is a stepping stone to fitness.
Over the years the project has grown significantly and became one of last year’s GeoVation winners.
Rob Burns – Medal Routes Project Officer said: “We wanted to take a very analogue project into the digital world we live in by creating a mobile App that would hold over 360 walking routes created by Ramblers Scotland. The App is a virtual community for people to find short walks close by and to share photos, comments and also to create their own wonderful walking routes too.”
“Entering the GeoVation Challenge was easy and quick. We simply entered our idea on the website and enjoyed watching the ‘likes’ grow and reading people’s opinions on the idea. Getting shortlisted for the GeoVation Camp was very exciting. It is nothing like what any of us have experienced in the past and although very intense, we gained so much from the weekend and were able to watch as our basic idea transform into a workable project.”
The Medal Routes mobile App was launched at the start of August (the day after the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony) and has already seen hundreds of people downloading routes and getting out for a walk.
Rob added: “Developing the App had its challenges but Ordnance Survey and the GeoVation team were always kept in the loop and offered support where ever they could. It is fantastic to see this in just 4 weeks almost 1000 people are using the App and enjoying all its fun and innovative features. With support from GeoVation, the Medal Routes project has matured into a well-established, leading legacy project that will continue to motivate and inspire healthier and fitter lives.”
To download the Medal Routes walking App visit www.medalroutes.org