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Adventure Oban’s One Million Miles initiative has topped 13,500 miles.
To celebrate the progress and mark Easter, it organised a socially-distanced Easter egg adventure hunt at the weekend called Eggventure Oban.
It saw caches of chocolate hidden at locations in and around Oban, and as far afield as Easdale, Dalmally and Scammadale.
Each location involved a short adventure suitable for all ages and abilities, with egg hunters encouraged to socially distance and stay within their groups.
On Friday the ‘stay at home’ restriction in Scotland was relaxed to ‘stay local’.
The locations were chosen to recognise the ‘enthusiastic participation’ that local primary schools have shown in the One Million Miles initiative, said the not-for-profit community group.
The locations were announced on adventureoban.org from 9am on Easter Sunday.
Most importantly, participants were encouraged to log their total miles from their outing on the Adventure Oban website when they get home.
Eggventure Oban was generously supported with donations of handcrafted eggs from Oban Chocolate Company – these were used as first prizes at each chocolate location. The project was also supported with donations of chocolate from Oban Tesco and Oban Lidl and ran in partnership with Wee Walk Oban, which included special routes to the locations on their website.
Dave Bleazard, Adventure Oban chairman, thanked businesses and groups for their support, all the volunteers that helped, and all the families and participants who entered into the spirit of the event, making it such a success.
Registering the amount of exercise is a vital part of topping up the total.
Pupils from Dunbeg Primary and Park Primary actively take part in One Million Miles each day at school.
They add miles from their ‘Mile a Day’ in-school exercise as well as any from activities undertaken at home with their families.
Launched on March 5, One Million Miles is a new community exercise initiative which encourages everyone to get outside and to get active.
The aim is to amass a community collective mileage and everyone can get involved regardless of activity level or interest.
Whether you are a walker, runner, cyclist, sailor, diver, climber, swimmer or anything in between – everyone is invited to get involved.
The initiative has active participation from a wide range of local clubs and organisations including Oban High School, local primaries, Oban Mountain Rescue, Wee Walk Oban, North Argyll Cycle Club, Hope2Oban and Atlantis Leisure, among others.
However, One Million Miles is open to all, including those from further afield.
Participation has included friends, family and supporters in Austria, Holland and Australia.