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Whilst we’re in lockdown, many of you may be feeling a bit cooped up in your homes. Gyms are closed, fitness classes are cancelled and in addition to this, many sports events have been cancelled leaving lots of budding athletes disappointed.

So, at St Wilfrid’s HQ, we’ve put our heads together and come up with a few fitness challenges to keep you going whilst we’re social distancing! They’re free to enter (with the exception of the V3P) but all we ask is that you try to raise as much as you can for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. As I’m sure you can imagine, the COVID-19 outbreak has had a huge impact on charities, and St Wilfrid’s is no exception. We would be incredibly grateful for any funds raised at this time.

Please follow the government advice whilst undertaking these challenges

Running/ Walking challenges

  • The Virtual Three Peaks challenge – take on 55km and scale the distance of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon from the bottom to the top and back down again. This challenge costs £20 to enter and when you finish, you’ll receive a bespoke, limited edition medal designed especially for this challenge

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE V3P

  • Distance Challenge – complete some longer distances and complete a challenge you probably may never have the time to do! You could do these over a few days with a morning run, or track how many km you cover just by walking around the house.

- The width of the English channel:  34km

- New Jersey to New York: 80km

- Eastbourne to London: 120km

Katie climbed half of the distance of Everest in her 52 lap cycling challenge in memory of her mum on what would have been her 52nd birthday. Read her story here
Barbara virtually walked double the distance between her home near Redhill to the hospice! Read her story here.
The XXI Boys, a group of friends from Eastbourne, collectively ran the distance of Eastbourne to Wembley Stadium and back. Read their story here.

  • Steps Challengeif you have access to a staircase then try and climb some famous landmarks!

- Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge – 1,332 Steps

- Climb the steps of the Empire State Building – 1,570 steps

- Climb the Eiffel tower from bottom to top – 1,710 steps

- Climb the steps in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – 2,909 steps

- (for those who want a big challenge!) Climb the step equivalent to Everest Base Camp – 58,070 steps

  • Cycling challengehop on your bike (or static bike if you have one)and take on some of these amazing challenges

- Eastbourne to London – 72.1 miles

- Eastbourne to Paris – 198 Miles

- The length of the Great Barrier Reef – 1,616 Miles

- Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica – 2,499.6 Miles (this is a huge challenge but this website breaks it down into chunks: https://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/bicycle-route-66/ 

Fundraising while doing your challenge

Whatever challenge you decide to take on, we think the best way to tell people about it and to raise money for St Wilfrid’s is to set up a Justgiving page.  You will be able to reach all your family and friends online, tell them what you’re up to and ask them to sponsor you.  Simply go to www.justgiving.com

Let us know what you’re doing by completing the ‘Registering your challenge’ form here >Register Now! or at the bottom of the page and keep us up to date with your progress on social media.  Whether you are taking on one of our ideas or you’ve got a challenge of your own in mind, we would love a pic of you doing your challenge and we will give you lots of encouragement along the way. 

Challenge your friends

Why not take on some of these challenges with your friends and family and make it a group effort? You can use group chats and voice call services to keep in touch with each other and compare how you’re doing. Some of the above challenges are very difficult, so taking it on with a friend would be a great way to stay motivated throughout!

Virtual challenges step-by-step

  1. Choose your challenge – something that inspires you to keep your regular fitness activity going;
  2. Set up a Justgiving page so you can tell all your family and friends what you’re doing.  Don’t forget to set a fundraising target so that everyone knows how much you’re aiming to raise for St Wilfrid’s;
  3. Tell St Wilfrid's – send us a photo of you doing your challenge and tell us what you’re aiming for.  We’ll give you plenty of encouragement and tell your story on our social media.  You might inspire others to take on their own challenge for us!
  4. When you’re finished and reached your goal we’ll send you a St Wilfrid’s medal and certificate and, if you raise over £100 we’ll send you a St Wilfrid’s t-shirt to wear.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

REGISTER YOUR EVENT HERE