On this page, the winners from Marchathon Step Challenge 2020 are announced.


The Marchathon 2020 Final Leaderboard can be viewed here. Congratulations to all of you for taking part and we hope you felt and will continue to feel the benefits, no matter where you started out from. You can download your Certificate of Achievement here.

The winners of this year’s Marchathon are listed below and well done to all!

The top teams on the Overall Leaderboard are:

  1. The Usual Suspects – Galway Mayo IT
  2. Innit to winnit – Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin
  3. The School of Walk – IADT

The top teams on the Deskbased Leaderboard are:

  1. AIT Lightwalkers – Athlone Institute of Technology
  2. Tiocfaidh Ár Walk – Mary Immaculate College
  3. Stepexit – Dublin City Council

The winners of the other Leaderboard prize draws are:

  • 4th – 10th place draw: The Footloose Four – Rabobank Dublin
  • 11th – 20th place draw: Red Hot Chili Steppers – NUI Galway
  • 21st – 30th place draw: The Great Pretenders – Cook Medical
  • 31st – 40th place draw: Happy Feet – Dept. Of Transport, Tourism & Sport
  • 41st– 50th place draw: Sexy Boys – Tallaght University Hospital

The Organisational Winners based on participation rates are:

  • Best Campus: Mary Immaculate College
  • Best Large Workplace: Jacobs
  • Best Small Workplace: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

We are absolutely delighted to have won Marchathon 2020. This is third time lucky for us as we have all participated in previous challenges and really enjoyed it. We were really motivated this year after coming close previously, team morale was high and we formed a great team bond over the last month. Marchathon has been a great source of fun not only among our own team but also with other colleagues at GMIT who have enjoyed competing against each other. The banter spurred us on and encouraged us to improve our step count each week. It has inspired us to get healthier and it has really helped to de-stress and improve our mental health, especially in the current crisis. We would certainly recommend all organisations to take part, to enjoy the fun and feel the health benefits too!  The Usual Suspects – Galway Mayo IT

A big thank you goes to all the Coordinators for organising Marchathon within their organisations.  After careful consideration, the Best Coordinator prizes go to the following Coordinators:

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific – Ryan Prendergast
  • HPRA – Liz Giltrap
  • GMIT – Jayne Cooley
  • Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland – Shane Prendergast
  • Cook Medical – Ciara Brosnan

Thanks to those of you who filled out our evaluation survey and we do value your feedback. After a random draw, Goody Packs will be going to:

  • Laois County Council – Mary Brady
  • University of Limerick – Sarah Keane
  • SEAI – Emma Zubia

Thanks to those of you who nominated your Team Captain and the following Captains will receive a €20 gift voucher:

  • GMIT – Aimee O’Malley
  • Mayo County Council – Bernie Ford
  • Maynooth University – David O’Loughlin
  • Arup – Emma Blouin
  • University of Limerick – Hasher Mohamed Ibrahim
  • Solarwinds Software – Jonathan Kenneally

Week 4

Thank you for sharing your In My Shoes stories with us. It was very difficult to choose the winners listed below. The stories can be read below:

The Week 4 Limerick competition has been won by the following participants.

– IADT – Annie Doona
– Laois County Council – Tom Curran
– Mayo County Council – Anne McCarthy
– DCU – Jonathan Farrelly
– DCU – Sarah Dillon


Week 3

Hello Steppers,

The Week 3 Leaderboard can be viewed here!

Finally for this week, the winners of the draw for the team who reached at least 10,000 steps daily on average as part of the Week 3 Virtual Challenge is:

  • Laois County Council – The 4%s

Thanks for all your Best of Ireland photos – the competition was fierce! The winning photos can be viewed on our website and the winners of this week’s Goody Packs are:

ARUP – Pooky Mitchell                                    BioMarin – Sinead King

Cork City Council – Carissa Murphy              Cork County Council – Michelle McCarthy

Cook Medical – Rocio Bautista Perez      Trinity College Dublin – Patricia Boyle

DCU – Roberta Angioi                                   Fineos – Dagmara Bartus de Souza

Limerick County Council – Michelle Cottam        Limerick IT – Michael Gavin

Letterkenny IT – Robert Queen              Mayo County Council – Paula Leavy McCarthy

Maynooth University – Angela McGInn      NUI Galway – Fiona Drayne

Ronan Daly Jermyn – Sinead O’Mahony    SEAI – Helena Hughes

TE Connectivity – Birte Irmer-Leins            Three – Amber Short

TU Dublin – Peter May                       UCC – Andreea Le Cam

Congratulations and your Goody Packs will be sent out soon.

Week 2

The Week 2 Leaderboard can be viewed here.

Finally for this week, the winners of the draw for all teams who reached at least 8,500 steps daily on average as part of the Week 2 Virtual Challenge is:

  • Cork University Hospital – the heavy wheezers

It took a long time to decide on the winners of last week’s Limerick Competition. Well done to all and we enjoyed reading each one. This week’s Goody Packs go to:

Dublin City Council – Antonia Martin
ALD Automotive – Patricia Evenden
Mayo County Council – Ann McCarthy
Mayo County Council – Celine King
LIT – Claire Frawley
Higher Education Authority – Felicity Maxwell
Laois County Council – Mags Flynn

Congratulations and your Goody Packs will be sent out.

Week 1

The Week 1 Leaderboards are live! To view the Leaderboards:

  1. Log into activetravellogger.ie
  2. Select ‘View Leaderboards’ from the home screen
  3. From here you can change the view to display the Overall Team Leaderboard, the Desk Based Team Leaderboard, and the Leaderboard for your organisation only.

Congratulations to everyone taking part and below are the winners from all Week 1 Competitions.

Finally, for this week, the winning team of the draw for the teams whose members reached at least 7,000 steps daily as part of the Week 1 Virtual Challenge is:

  • Cork County Council – Motor Mouths

It was really hard to decide on the winners of the Team Photo Competition. This week’s Goody Packs will be going to:

AECOM – AECOMplete Trek                            UCD – The March Hares

AECOM - AECOMplete TrekUCD - The March Hares

IDA Ireland – Feets On Fire                             NUI Galway – Children’s Studies

IDA - Feets On FireNUIG - ChildrensStudies

RPS Group – Siul na Circe

RPS - Siul na Circe

Useful Resources

There are also a number of self-standing banners available to promote Marchathon at your organisation.  If you wish to borrow them, just email stepchallenge@nationaltransport.ie

Useful Links

Visit the Smarter Travel social media channels page for regular updates and tips on the challenge, and of course to see who’s in the lead!

Walktober 2020 was a fun team step challenge that ran from 5th October to 1st November 2020. It was open to staff and students of workplaces and third level campuses who are partners of the Smarter Travel Workplaces & Campus programme. Below is a list of workplaces and campuses that participated in the challenge.

Participating organisations


ALD Automotive
An Bord Pleanála
Analog Devices International
Atlantic Therapeutics
BD Medical
Childrens Health Ireland
Clifton Scannell Emerson Associates
Cork City Council
Cork County Council
Cork University Hospital
DBFL Consulting Engineers
Deloitte Ireland LLP
Department of Transport
Dublin City Council
Dún Laoghiare-Rathdown County Council
eBay Ireland
Henry J Lyons
IDA Ireland
Jacobs Engineering
Laois County Council
Lilly Cork GBS
Limerick City and County Council
Mason Alexander
Mayo County Council
National Transport Authority
Northern Trust
PayPal Ireland
Ronan Daly Jermyn
Roughan & O’Donovan
Sigmar Recruitment
South Dublin County Council
Southern Regional Assembly
SSE Airtricity
St James’s Hospital
St John’s Hospital
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Takeda Ireland Bray
Tallaght University Hospital
TE Connectivity
Thermo Fisher Scientific


Athlone Institute of Technology
Cork Institute of Technology
Dublin City University
Institute of Art, Design & Technology
Institute of Technology Sligo
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Limerick Institute of Technology
Mary Immaculate College
Maynooth University/St. Patrick’s College
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Trinity College Dublin
TU Dublin Blanchardstown
University College Dublin
University College Cork
University of Limerick

On this page, the winners of the Walktober 2020 Step Challenge are announced.

Congratulations! Walktober Overall Winners

The Walktober 2020 Final Leaderboards are NOW LIVE!

The winners of the Walktober Step Challenge 2020 are listed below and well done to all!

The top teams on the Overall Leaderboard are:

  1. Chasing Pavements 2.0 – Limerick City and County Council
  2. Red Hot Chili Steppers – St. John’s Hospital Limerick
  3. The Rockers – BD Medical

The top teams on the Desk-Based Leaderboard are:

  1. AIT Lightwalkers – Athlone Institute of Technology
  2. 3Limk2Cork1Cat – Analog Devices
  3. Síos an Bóthar – Children’s Health Ireland

The winners of the Overall Leaderboard Prize Draws are:

  • 4th – 10th place draw: The Heavy Wheezers – Cork University Hospital
  • 11th – 20th place draw: SliGO Rovers – ESB Group
  • 21st – 30th place draw: No Funny Names – Institute of Art, Technology and Design
  • 31st – 40th place draw: Team IT – Sigmar Recruitment
  • 41st– 50th place draw: Cirque Du Sore Legs – Children’s Health Ireland

The Overall Organisational Winners are:

  • Best Campus: Mary Immaculate College
  • Best Large Workplace: Jacobs Engineering
  • Best Small Workplace: Toast

A big thank you goes to all the Coordinators for organising Walktober within their organisations.  Every coordinator has done a fantastic job in these challenges times. After careful consideration, the Best Coordinator prizes go to the following Coordinators:

  • Noel Delahunty & Karen McDonnell – Limerick City and County Council
  • Jennifer Gyves – Eli Lilly
  • Anthony Buckley – Cork County Council
  • Joanna Brophy – NUI Galway
  • Ronan Dillon – Children’s Health Ireland

Thanks to those of you who nominated your Team Captain and Team Member for their hard work during Walktober. The winners are:

Team Members:

  • Alan Carberry – University College Cork
  • Helen Philpott – Eli Lilly
  • Veronica Ward – Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Fabiane Velosa – Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Peter Hall – Jacobs Engineering

Team Captains:

  • Jean Crampton – Dublin City University
  • Ciara Hennessy – ESB Group
  • Soraia Brito – Deloitte
  • Edward O Connor – Maynooth University
  • Sharon Desmond – Analog Devices

Thanks to those of you who filled out our Walktober Evaluation Survey and we do value your feedback. After a random draw, the winners are:

  • Catherine Redmond – Analog Devices
  • Birte Irmer-Leins – TE Connectivity
  • Louise O’Connor – Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Many thanks for taking part in Walktober this year and we hope to see you all again early next year for Marchathon.

Congratulations! Walktober Week 4 Winners

Well done to all participants who entered the Week 4 Competitions. The competition was extremely tough going into the final week.The winners for Walktober Week 4 are:

Photo Competition:

Dastardly Druids – Maynooth University                                             Holy Walkamolies – Deloitte      Dastardly Druids - Photo                                      The Holy Walkamolies - Photo

Walk the Walk – Nikon                                                                      Flat Out – Children’s Health Ireland

Walk the Walk - Photo                                                                 Flat Out - Photo

Scrambled Legs – SSE Airtricity

Scrambled Legs - Photo

Limerick Competition:   

Laura Anglim – Analog Devices                                                         Chris Hearn – TE Connectivity

Limerick Winner                                     Limerick Winner

Ciarán Maguire – AECOM                                                                 Katie McLoughlin – Jacobs Engineering

Limerick Winner                                       Limerick Winner

Patricia O’Rourke – Laois County Council                                           Siobhán Kelly – Department of Transport

Limerick Winner

My Walktober Story:

  1. Lekha Menon Margassery – University College Cork
  2. Rosa Bray – Laois County Council
  3. Charlotte Considine – Mary Immaculate College

Virtual Challenge:

  1. Nan’s Army – Cork University Hospital

Top 25 Draw: 

  1. Táimid reidh – Limerick IT

Congratulations! Walktober Week 3 Winners

Week 3 was a fantastic week with 838,123,001million steps completed by all participants. The number of steps walked during Week 3 was enough steps to walk the distance of a marathon (42km) over 14,970 times!

The leaderboard for Walktober Week 3 is now LIVE on our website.

The winners of last week’s competitions are:

Virtual Challenge (Weekly Team Average of 70,600 steps): TESS Galway Ladies – TE Connectivity

Top 25 Draw: No Funny Names – IADT

Team Photo Competition:

Leg Day 4.0 – AECOM                                                    Engineering Grads 2020 – ESB Group

Week 3- Photo Competition Winner         Week 3 - Photo Competition Winner

Team Theatre – Children’s Health Ireland                        Your Pace or Mine? – Dublin City University  Week 3 Photo Competition Winner                  Week 3 Photo Competition Winner                                            

Ballinacurra Bombers – University of Limerick

Week 3 Photo Competition Winner

Congratulations! Walktober Week 2 Winners

The winners for our Walktober Week 2 Competitions are:

Virtual Challenge (Weekly Team Average of 58,000 steps): RACT 4 – Deloitte

Top 25 draw: Dynamo Devaney – South Dublin County Council

Team Photo Competition:

Berry Hunters – University College Cork

Photo competition winner - The Berry Hunters

Mission Slimpossible – Children’s Health Ireland

Photo competition winners - Mission Slimpossible

The Fire Nation – University College Cork

Photo competition winner - The Fire Nation

The Young and The Breathless – AECOM

Photo competition winner - The Young and the Breathless

Scrambled Legs – SSE Airtricity

Photo competition winner - Scrambled Legs

Limerick Competition:

Declan O Callaghan – Mayo County Council                       Tiziana Soverino – Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Limerick Winner                     Limerick Winner

Conor LaMere – Jacobs Engineering                                   Joyce Acheson – Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Limerick Winner                    Limerick Winner

Bridie Keenan – Laois County Council

Limerick Winner


Congratulations! Walktober Week 1 Winners

Congratulations to everyone taking part in our Week 1 Walktober Competitions. The winners for each competition are:

Virtual Challenge (Team Average of 49,300 steps): Mediterranean Walkers – Eli Lilly

Top 25 Draw: Sober October – An Bord Peanála

Team Photo Competition:

Happy(ish) Feet – ESB Group

Photo competition winner - Happy(ish) Feet

50 Shades of Trained – Eli Lilly

Photo competition winner - 50 Shades of Trained

Talkie-walkie – NUI Galway

Photo competition winner - Talkie-walkie

Red Hot Chilli Steppers – Cork City Council

Photo competition winner - Red hot chili steppers

Fabulous Four – Cork County Council

Photo competition winner - The Fabulous Four


Marchathon Step Challenge

Walktober Step Challenge