Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

He's a Star Trekker; David One of Ordnance Survey's Outdoor Champions

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

He's a Star Trekker; David One of Ordnance Survey's Outdoor Champions

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IF dedication, enthusiasm and determination are what makes for champions, then walker David Wilson is in the running.

His mission is to inspire more people to explore and enjoy the outdoors, especially in his favourite county of Northumberland. Last year he walked for 26 hours to cover 62 miles across Northumberland National Park, starting at the northernmost point of the Cheviot Hills to promote the diversity and quality of the landscape. In 2012, he completed the 80-mile Hadrian's Wall trail in 30 non-stop hours in aid of St Oswald's Hospice in Newcastle and in 2014 he undertook the Lakes 24 Peaks Challenge for the second time.

He also ran the Great North Run, again for the hospice and on arrival in South Shields, turned around and ran back to the start in Newcastle.

Now David has been chosen as one of the Ordnance Survey's Outdoor Champions for 2017.

This year the champions, from across the country, will lead the OS GetOutside campaign.

The champions, who gathered for the launch in the New Forest with adventurer Ben Fogle, were chosen from more than 460 hopefuls.

Their task is to showcase the best of Britain with their stories, advice and photographs on Twitter and Instagram with the aim of helping and inspiring people to GetOutside in 2017.

OS GetOutside campaign manager, Liz Beverley, said: "The benefits of exercising and getting regular fresh air are already well documented, but more needs to be done to get that message across.

"By sharing the passion they feel and the fun they have being outdoors David and the other champions will help people reconnect with spending quality time outdoors."

Ben Fogle said: "There are some truly remarkable and inspirational people in this group, and it is an honour and delight to be joining them for what I think is an important campaign, making the outdoors enjoyable, accessible and safe.

"I urge people to spend more time outside. Whether that's walking to work, even jumping off the bus a few stops before you'd normally do so, or using your holidays to trek, do it.

"You'll feel better for it. When I'm outside I smile more. …

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