Joe Wicks has started his BBC Children In Need campaign, which encourages people to take part in their local parkrun event by joining Maidenhead walkers.
The Walk With Joe initiative, led by fitness expert known as The Body Coach, hopes to inspire communities across the UK to walk the same routes. family and friends to enhance their physical and mental health.
The campaign will last for the first two weekends of November and participants will also be asked to contribute what they can to the call.
After taking in the first event on Saturday, he tweeted: “What a great morning in Maidenhead with @BBCCiN. Thank you so much to everyone who came along. “
Speaking to Kirsten O’Brien for BBC Radio Berkshire, Wicks estimated that around 1,000 people attended the event, which he feels is a great achievement.
“I love seeing people come together through fitness,” he said. Seeing young children enjoying exercise and really wanting to be here on a Saturday morning – it was amazing.
“Fitness changed my life. If I hadn’t exercised as a child, I might have been so overwhelmed I would have moved on to other things.
“So for me, it really, really changed the direction of my life, I think.”
The fitness trainer hopes the campaign will help motivate people to stay active through the tough cold months.
“What I want to do is bring people together, get physically active, help them feel active and inspire them to keep moving throughout the year as these winter months can be quite challenging. ,” he added.
“So I hope that people leave with a smile on their faces and that everyone if possible and they can raise some money for Children In Need and we can raise some money.”
Wicks will also walk the 30-mile super marathon on November 18 for the Children In Need campaign, which starts at MediaCityUK and aims to finish in 10 hours to reach the BBC Children In Need Great Spotacular Appeal Show.
Along the way, he will be joined by special guests including charity fundraisers and other celebrity friends.
The money raised will help provide essentials for children and needy families as well as support organizations that provide food banks and community kitchens.
Children In Need for The Great Spotacular will air on 18 November from 7pm on BBC One and iPlayer.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/joe-wicks-kicks-off-his-children-in-need-walking-campaign-in-maidenhead-42121018.html Joe Wicks begins his Children In Need walking campaign in Maidenhead