During May 2022, over 800+ people around the world participated in our annual Equal Experts Walkathon – that’s a lot of you gearing up your activity levels for some friendly competition in the name of good causes.
5, 6, 7, 8 steps and more to the Walkathon 2022
Equal Experts pledged to donate £0.01p for every 20 steps walked per person, and gave a choice of charities for walkers to support. As a result of all your happy feet, we will be making donations to the following charities:
The Pret Foundation – £33,108
Save the Children – £23,892
The John Lewis & Partners Give A Little Love charities – £22,063
The British Red Cross – £18,189
In total we raised £122,410 for charity – tripling how much was donated last year!
Some steptacular highlights of the 2022 Walkathon
This year we had not one but 11 “millionaire” walkers – if you do the maths, they all walked a minimum of 32,300 steps per day x 31 days! But most walked way more than that from the start and some in fact walked the equivalent of a marathon each day of the entire challenge.
Congratulations to the overall winner, Sandra Eleutério (aka Sandra_01), from Pret A Manger who walked a staggering 1,561,491 steps (755 miles/1,215 km). She was followed closely by the rest of the top 11 walkers who left the rest of us in the dust!
2. Dionisio Lucca – Pret A Manger (2021 winner!)
3. Mahesh Kumar Jeyaraj – Waitrose
4. Vignesh Maller – Waitrose
5. Daniella Luca – Pret A Manger
6. Daniela Grandio – Pret A Manger
7. Olivia Walsh – Equal Experts
8. Matt McGuire – Equal Experts alumnus
9. Gokul Rajendran – Waitrose
10. Silviu Peride – Pret A Manger
11. Ben Conrad – HMRC
Team Waitrose DigiOps won the Equal Experts Walkathon 2022 by averaging 30,096 steps per day throughout the entire month. This was a team from Waitrose and John Lewis & Partners and was made up of Daniel Ascher, Veera Ragavan Krishnaraj, Naren Ravichandran, Mahesh Kumar Jayaraj, Gokul Rajendran and Vignesh Maller. While we’d love to name them all, we will just list the following top 10 teams who put their heart and soles (pardon the pun) into making this cut:
2. The Walkie-Talkies
3. HEEL Today, Gone TOEmorrow
4. SML Goes Bananas
5. UK Property
6. JLP Trading & Supply Chain
7. JLP Occo
9. Holy Walkamolies
We once again welcomed participants from the Equal Experts network including our customers, friends and family. And we were thrilled to welcome back many of our friends from Pret A Manger and The Pret Foundation as well as teams from John Lewis & Partners, Waitrose, HMRC, Thames Water, Disney, Awaze and Flaconi.
It’s been wonderful to see the friendly banter, and everyone racking up their steps, with the ultimate goal of doing something good for others who have greater needs than us.
Thank you all for another blisteringly good walkathon!
We are currently at the halfway point of the Equal Experts Walkathon 2022 – and you’re totally smashing it.
Every May, we organise a charity Walkathon where people sign up to raise money for good causes, by walking as much as possible over the month. This year, we have once again welcomed our customers, friends and family to join as well and are thrilled that 880+ people are walking all over the world for a good cause – nearly twice as many as last year!
Many of our friends from Pret A Manger have once again joined us in getting their step counts up to help raise money for The Pret Foundation, which supports local charities and projects to help break the cycle of homelessness. We’re also thrilled to welcome teams from John Lewis & Partners, Waitrose, HMRC, Thames Water, Disney, Awaze and Flaconi. And we’ve added John Lewis & Partners Give A Little Love charities to our donations list.
Here’s what you’ve achieved so far:
- Collectively we have already walked 3.2 laps of the world. That equates to £88,261 raised so far!
- Our top walker (to date) has already walked the equivalent of Amsterdam to Copenhagen!
- Top teams info: The Waitrose DigiOps team, who are averaging almost 20,000 steps a day (earning £1,480 so far for their chosen charity). Hot on their fundraising heels (literally!) are The Walkie-Talkies.
We always have a good laugh at some of the ingenious team names too – favourites this year include HEEL Today, Gone TOEmorrow, Eurotrash, and Cirque du Sore Legs. Hopefully the joy of seeing how much they’ve raised will make up for the aching calf muscles!
Why walk for charity?
For every 20 steps we take, Equal Experts will donate £0.01p to the following charities. You just choose the one that resonates most, and we do the rest. Apart from the walking – that’s down to you! The more steps we take, the more money Equal Experts will donate. In the meantime, please consider donating directly by following the links below:
- The Pret Foundation
- The John Lewis & Partners Give A Little Love charities
- Save the Children
- The British Red Cross
- Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) (MSF)
Towards the end of May, we’ll be sending a survey to all participants for them to choose which charity they’d like their steps to be donated to.
Once again, it’s just so exciting to see you all walking and talking all over the world. Thank you to everyone for the steps you’ve taken so far – you’re helping to make a big difference to some very worthy causes.
During May 2021, over 500 people around the world participated in the annual Equal Experts Walkathon – to keep fit, make friends, and help raise money for a charity of their choice.
With Equal Experts pledging £3 for every 10,000 steps, the following charities will benefit from everyone’s efforts:
- Anti-Slavery International – £5,876
- Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) (MSF) – £8,180
- Save the Children – £8,086
- The Pret Foundation – which supports local charities and projects to help break the cycle of homelessness – £9,138
And with our hearts going out to our friends in India during the Covid-19 crisis, we added an Indian charity element to our list of charities during the event (charity/ies tbc), for whom we raised £8,850.
All this means that in total we raised £40,130 for charity, making this the most successful walkathon ever!
How many times around the world did we walk?
Across the 540 participants, in 56 teams, we collectively walked a staggering 133,764,316 steps. To put it another way, we walked 95,141km, equivalent to nearly 2.5 times around the world!
In terms of winners, well – everyone’s a winner! That said, team ‘Walkie-Talkies’ won the 2021 Equal Experts Walkathon by averaging an amazing 20,000 steps a day throughout the entire month. This was a team from Pret A Manger made up of vickyke, matka, xavier25, yoyoxx, uber69, baldandbankrupt, peterlgw and adrianag. Congratulations to you all!
And congratulations to “baldandbankrupt” for walking the most steps overall – a massive 1,298,584. That’s the equivalent of walking from the northern tip of Scotland all the way down to the south coast of England. We’d also like to congratulate the rest of the top 10:
- The 39 Steps
- The Walking Dread
- The Slow and the Furious
- Holy Walkamolies
- Sandwich Way Shall We Go
- Her Majesty’s Rambling Collective
- One Step Beyond
And the top 9 walkers after “baldandbankrupt” were as follows – and please note that the top 7 were all millionaire walkers, as in they all walked over a million steps each this May – WOW!
- magnematt – millionaire walker
- elmicas – millionaire walker
- lisacopland – millionaire walker
- matka – millionaire walker
- nitish – millionaire walker
- phantomsteps – millionaire walker
It’s been terrific to welcome family, friends and customers in unprecedented numbers to the walkathon this year. We were blown away by the enthusiasm of the 180 participants from Pret A Manger, as well as those eager and committed walkers from HMRC, John Lewis and Springer Nature, among others who joined in too.
Everywhere we looked we saw people getting to know one another, grow competitive with their “walking arch enemies,” and share lovely photos from their walks around the world – from New York to Sydney via Bangalore, Pune, Cape Town and many, many more cities around the world. After such a tough year for so many of us, those beautiful pictures of nature and pets and wildlife really gripped our imaginations (and made us want to travel again).
Thank you everyone – we can’t wait to do it again next year!