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2018 Big Pledge Challenge

14 May - 8 July 2018

D18122LD - Big Pledge 2018 - beat the clock

The clock has run out and the Beat the Clock Challenge is now over!

What a fantastic Big Pledge Beat the Clock Challenge it was this year! A total of 9,868 people took part and you logged an amazing 9.5 million minutes! This is equivalent to an astounding 18 years! Congratulations to everyone who participated!

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2018 Winter Paralympic Gold medallist Jennifer Kehoe MBE

" Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in this year's Big Pledge Beat the Clock Challenge. It has been so amazing to see so many of you sign up and getting active! Just because the Challenge is over why not stay active and see what you can accomplish!"

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Rachel is from Salisbury and completed the Beat the Clock Challenge.

Rachel said, “I wasn't particularly active before the Big Pledge Challenge but when a colleague told me about the Beat the Clock Challenge I was inspired to give it a go to see what I could achieve over the eight weeks. I was motivated to try out things I never thought I could do such as Pilates and felt better for being more active. I loved being able to log my minutes online and see my progress. I was pleased that I was able to reach gold and the Challenge has encouraged me to keep active. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do in next year's Big Pledge Challenge!"

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This team of four sisters from the Cricklade area exceeded their target by 338%
Sally Barker, Team captain said, " I roped my sisters in to taking part as a team this year!

The first issue we faced was our team name so we opted for a play on our family name Moore and that we were going to do more exercise to be less inactive ... hence Moore4Less! We don't live nearby to each other so doing the challenge was a great thing to bond over.  As a team of four it was important that we all did our fair share in order to reach our time goal which was not easy in this year's heatwave! We have all felt the benefit in taking part and doing regular activity and intend to continue. We were really proud to not only to have achieved our goal but also to have exceeded it by so much.. a real example of sisters doing it for themselves!"  

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The school exceeded its target by178%. Teacher Janine Stevenson said, “We were excited to learn that we were the Most Active School. The children really enjoyed taking part and this is a fantastic reward for all their hard work.”

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This team based in Royal Wotton Bassett are members of the local walking group who regularly meet and exceeded their target by 375%.
Diana Kirby, Team Captain said, “Our team was made up of members of the Royal Wootton Bassett Walk 4 Health group of varying ages including one who was 82 years old. The group regularly meet on Monday to walk together, so adding our weekly walk was to our activity was a solid foundation for the team to build upon. Not only were we walking but we also got involved in fitness classes, golf and swimming to name a few activities. Our walking group is not just about getting active but is also a great place to meet and socialise with other people and being part of the local community. Taking part in the Big Pledge Challenge has been another element of building those friendships and we would recommend any group or club join in."

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The Marlborough based not for profit company team exceeding their target by 248%.
Chief Executive Terry Bathe said, “We understand more than most the benefits of being physically active but the nature of our business means that the team is working across the county at different times rather than as one large team. Taking part in the Beat the Clock Challenge was a way for us to come together and work as one team which helped create a fun team spirit and build a strong company ethos. I would urge any business to take part next year and enjoy these benefits from taking part.”

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This team exceeded their target by 302% and  included officers from the Wiltshire Council Sports Development team who are normally involved in working in the community on projects such as Fit and Fed, This Girl Can, Ability Sports, Walking Sports Programme.
Paul Pritchard, Sports Development Manager said, “Our day job involves highlighting the benefits that being physically active can bring so taking part in the Big Pledge Challenge meant putting our money where our mouth is and stepping up to the Beat the Clock Challenge. While it was all about getting active and logging those minutes there was also a fair bit of good humoured banter between the team members to encourage each other, as well as some of the other council teams, which helped to foster an excellent team spirit and morale!”

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If you have any questions please email bigpledge@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Last updated: 20 August 2018 | Last reviewed: 20 August 2018