The Community Development team at the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust launched the Active Summer Challenge in July, to encourage people from North Tyneside to get active and have some fun in the process. Over six weeks members of the engAGE (55+) and Encompass programmes at the Linskill and Battle Hill centres were invited, along with the wider community, to join the Linskill team and get active.
The team challenge was to virtually cover ‘Lejog’, essentially from Land’s End to John O’Groats (1,198 miles), via a range of activities including walking, cycling, swimming, running, skating and many more. It was not about how far you walked, or how often you cycled, it was about being involved and being part of a collective effort. The initial target was smashed during the first week with over 70 people registering for the challenge and logging their activities. The North Sea Coast was set as the next team challenge along with mini weekly competitions to recognise achievements and motivate others to participate.
At the end of the Active Summer Challenge 7,499 miles were recorded, 849 logged activities and 47 regular participants succeeded in covering the original Lejog, the North Sea Cycle Route and back down and up the UK again. Personal achievements were recognised throughout the challenge with certificates and knitted novelty prizes from Linskill’s Woollies craft group, new friendships evolved and more importantly commitments were made to staying active.
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