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Chris Campbell has always been a keen walker and was a member of Blairgowrie hill walking group.

Now 72, he was diagnosed with a heart condition three years ago after which he was put on medication and advised not to undertake any exercise which would be overly strenuous.  Chris was determined to continue walking and encourage other people to do the same.

Chris joined the Stride for Life project in January 2004 after hearing about it through an advert in the local paper.  On the first walk there were only four other walkers and the scheme coordinator.  Within a couple of months this had increased to over forty regular walkers.


Since then Chris, like the walking scheme, has gone from strength to strength, becoming a member of the Blairgowrie and District Next Steps group.  The 'Bad'ns', as they like to be called, have taken health walks to the next level.  They have a regular programme of weekly longer walks often in more challenging terrain.  Chris estimates that he has clocked up more than 3,000 miiles in the last two years walking with the Next Steps group.

When asked about the most enjoyable aspects of the walks Chris said that the companionship and getting to know people really well is as important as the walk itself. He particularly appreciates Nick Cole, who coordinates the Next Steps programme, for his leadership and knowledge of the local enviroment.

Chris feel he has achieved a totally different attitude to life through being involved in the group.  Not only has he astounded his doctor with his achievements and improved health but he also encourages other walkers through his example.

Chris says "if I can do it you can do it.  I've proved it one hundred percent.  Walking keeps you young and allows you to do things.  It's pure, dead brilliant."


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