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2017 Big Pledge Challenge

5 June to 30 July 2017

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The Big Pledge challenge is back for 2017!   

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To celebrate the IPC World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Athletics Championships being held in London for the first time, you can sign up for one of our activity challenges for FREE, either as an individual or as part of a team, and take part from 5 June to 30 July.

This year, the Big Pledge is about completing set distances to collect the flags of the 30 countries who will be taking part in the Championships. Collect 10 countries for Bronze, collect 20 countries for Silver and all 30 countries to reach Gold and be entered in to a prize draw for your chance to win a Fitbit.

 There are challenges for all ages and abilities:

Challenge
Distance to complete
Beginners challenge - NEW for 2017 this is a multi activity challenge (run, swim, walk, cycle, fitness class, gym session)  (Individuals)      

Complete 1 kilometre to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 30 kilometres                                

Ability Sports challenge - NEW for 2017 this is a multi activity challenge (run, swim, walk, cycle, fitness classes, gym session) (Individuals with a disability)

Complete 1 kilometre to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 30 kilometres

Running challenge (Individuals)

Complete 6 kilometres to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 180 kilometres

Walking challenge (Individuals)

Complete 10 kilometres to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 300 kilometres

Swimming challenge (Individuals)

Complete 1 kilometre to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 30 kilometres

Cycling challenge (Individuals)

Complete 15 kilometres to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 450 kilometres

Sports challenge - multi-sport challenge (run, swim, walk, cycle, fitness class, gym session) (Individuals)

Complete 25 kilometres to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 750 kilometres

Junior Sports challenge - multi-sport challenge (run, swim, walk, cycle, fitness class, gym session) (Individuals 15 years and under)

Complete 5 kilometres to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 150 kilometres

Ultimate Sports challenge - multi-sports challenge (run, swim, walk, cycle, fitness class, gym session) (Individuals or Teams)

If you have 8 or under team members we suggest you undertake this team challenge.

Complete 70 kilometres to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 2100 kilometres

London Calling challenge - multi-sports challenge (run, swim, walk, cycling, fitness class, gym session) (Teams only)

Complete 280 kilometres to collect a country

To collect all 30 countries total distance 8400 kilometres

 

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

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Looking for inspiration? Read about our Challenge Champions!


I had been living with Type 2 Diabetes for many years. I signed for last year’s Big Pledge as a member of the BCRS team to try to lose the weight I had gained over the last two years because of my illness. During the challenge I walked and swam, which was hard at first but I gradually got in to it and started to enjoy it. So much so that even though the Big Pledge had finished I carried on. Before last year’s challenge I could only swim about a length now swim 50 lengths twice a week. Plus I take my grandchildren swimming every weekend. I have signed up for Swim 22 for Diabetes England to swim the equivalent of swimming the English Channel! I now walk during my lunchtimes and go to the gym three times a week and I have joined a local kayak club. I feel fantastic and have lost most of the weight I had put on and I am undertaking a review to reduce my diabetes medication.

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I did the cycling challenge last year with my dad. We were both new to cycling so it was great to go out for rides and to get fitter together. We loved it so much that after the Big Pledge was over we went on a cycling holiday in France! I had a great time doing the Big Pledge last year and have discovered an activity I really enjoy doing. I have continued to cycle and will be getting a new bike ready to take on the 2017 Big Pledge Cycling Challenge!

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I have suffered from arthrogryposis since birth; it is a rare condition which severely affects my movement so I have very restricted movement in my arms. I am always looking for something to maintain my fitness and challenge myself so the 2016 Big Pledge was perfect. Even though I have swum since I was eight years old I knew that the 2016 Swimming Challenge would test my limits. As soon as the challenge started, I got stuck in and focused on getting in the kilometers and reached Gold 50km in the eight weeks! It was a real sense of achievement. Since the Road to Rio I have gone on to complete a 5km swim. This year I will be signing up for the Sports Challenge to help me focus on my training for the Superheroes Triathlon I will be doing in August! I am delighted to see that the Ability Sports challenge has been added for 2017 so that other people with a disability can have the chance to get involved and challenge themselves!

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All the members of our B-Fit Bootcamp sessions in Tidworth and Bulford signed up as a team in 2016 with us focusing on trying to walk the 9000 + kilometres to Rio! The challenge really built team spirit amongst the women and we had a fantastic time. We even added a social walk at the weekend in addition to our weekly sessions. We also organised a weekend to walk up Ben Nevis and Scafell to complete our challenge!  We are really looking forward to taking part again as a team. We are also pleased that a Beginners Challenge has been added this year, as this will be a fantastic opportunity for our newest members who have not been active before to get involved. Interested in joining B-Fit bootcamp

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The Big Pledge is so easy to enter with a simple online form. Then once the challenge starts it is great to have an online distance record where to can log all your distances and keep a check on your progress over the eight weeks. It also includes some fun facts and health tips! While I was already fairly fit and active before the challenge, I surprised myself with how competitive and the challenge really encouraged me to increase my activity. I work from home which can sometimes be isolated so being part of a team allowed me to interact with my team mates. This year I plan to sign up for Sports Challenge and can't wait to get started.

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The Big Pledge Challenge has been selected for British Athletics Team Personal Best programme for inspirational events linked to the Athletics World Champions!  Find out more about the progamme and the other events

Last updated: 14 June 2017 | Last reviewed: 14 June 2017